Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is taking part in the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) “Ready Willing and Able” campaign which launched today (15th April) to show how fire and rescue services in the UK are going the extra mile to protect and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Firefighters and support staff across Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing stories and videos on social media and on the website about how they’re using their wide range of skills to provide community reassurance and help, in response to the national crisis.
As well as continuing to respond to emergency calls, the NFCC has agreed with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), and Fire and Rescue Employers that Fire Services will work with organisations such as Local Resilience Forums and voluntary groups to deliver food and medicines, as well as supporting local health partners in a variety of roles that are currently being developed.
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service is also providing telephone contact to ensure care homes have access to fire prevention advice during this particularly difficult time, and has also continued to work closely with the local business community to ensure that anyone concerned over premises left empty during the lockdown can be supported.
Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are Ready, Willing and Able to do all we can to minimise the impact of COVID-19 and help support people here in Northamptonshire. As well as doing their utmost to keep our community safe, firefighters are being trained to undertake a variety of different roles and are working alongside partners in the Local Resilience Forum to ensure the people of Northamptonshire feel supported by and confident in their emergency services.”
Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said: “Fire and Rescue services across the UK are renowned for responding professionally to the unexpected and this national crisis is no different. We are very proud of crews for stepping forward, using their wide-range of capabilities and skills to ensure community reassurance and support, while continuing to respond to emergencies, during COVID-19.
“The commitment to their communities during this critical time is a reflection of their continued humanity and care.”
The additional work taken on by firefighters will be temporary to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, initially in place for two months. The NFCC’s Ready Willing Able campaign is being rolled out by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service from today via their website and social media channels using #ReadyWillingAble