Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have been supporting the Local Resilience Forum, which co-ordinates the county’s response to the Covid 19 emergency, with the movement of the deceased from hospitals to the county’s temporary mortuaries.
The Government asked the fire service nationally to support this difficult and sensitive work and Northamptonshire firefighters have risen to the challenge, supporting the LRF as part of the death management process for Covid 19.
Firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service have ensured the work is undertaken with respect for the families and for the dignity of the person who has died.
Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I am incredibly proud of the sensitive way in which firefighters have taken on this most challenging of additional roles. Northamptonshire firefighters and staff have been asked by the Government to do more and they have stepped up, while continuing to respond to emergencies and carry out vital fire prevention work.
I would like to assure any families who find their loved ones in this sad situation that we are carrying out this task to the very best of our abilities.”
Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Councillor Matt Golby said: “This highlights just one example of the great partnership working that is happening in Northamptonshire in order to deliver the response to Covid 19 that is needed. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has been fantastic in their commitment and support, staff there are playing a vital and important role at a very challenging time.”