Firefighters help co-ordinate COVID testing in Corby

Firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service helped with door-to-door COVID testing in Corby at the weekend.

The service aided in delivering ‘surge’ tests in the Beanfield area across Saturday and Sunday. Beanfield has been identified for the pilot as it is an area with high rates of cases, but low rates of testing – and Corby has one the highest current COVID-19 rates in the country.

The fire service was part of a co-ordinated effort alongside Northamptonshire Police through the Joint Operations Team to provide logistical support to the Public Health team at North Northamptonshire Council by helping to deliver and collect the test kits.

Chief fire officer Darren Dovey said: “We were very happy to help in delivering and collecting these tests, and I would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time over the weekend.

“Throughout the pandemic the fire service has worked hard to keep our communities safe, and we have supported many efforts which go beyond what people may think a firefighter normally does.

“Not only have we tackled fires, but we have helped in a number of ways in the COVID response – from helping with driving ambulances, transferring the deceased from hospitals and delivering food and medicine, to clearing vaccination centres of snow and now helping to deliver testing kits.

“All these efforts led to us being praised by inspectors recently for our response to COVID.”

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