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Firefighters and Staff supporting ambulance service

Firefighter Helen Pilkington

Firefighters and fire staff have played a huge part in helping colleagues in the emergency services during the COVID pandemic – by becoming ambulance drivers.

Twenty-two Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service personnel have been trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to carry out support tasks such as driving urgent care vehicles and the safe moving and handling of patients.

The firefighters and fire support staff are all volunteers, and are properly protected with the same personal protective equipment and the same infection control measures and access to vaccines as their EMAS colleague.

We spoke with on-call firefighter Helen Pilkington and Craig Smith, a facilities technician, about how they are helping EMAS. See video here


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