COVID-19

Keeping our communities safe

We understand this is a difficult time for all but we want to reassure you that although we have adapted to different ways of working, we are still here when you need us.

Please see the latest information from the Government which can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.  Local updates for Northamptonshire and how you can request support are available via Northamptonshire County Council and Public Health.

Throughout the outbreak of COVID-19, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) have worked hard to continue to keep our communities safe.  We have been ready to respond to emergencies at all times, our stations have remained closed to visitors which has reduced the chances of our crews coming into contact with the virus.  When we do respond to emergencies, our crews will be taking additional precautions  to prevent any potential spread of the virus so we ask that you follow any instructions given to you by either our emergency control room operators or the crews when they are on scene.

Below is the timeline of COVID-19 for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS)

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  • 07/01/2020

    Novel Coronavirus identified

    Novel Coronavirus identified

    January 7, 2020
    ...
  • 29/01/2020

    First case of Coronavirus reported in the UK

    First case of Coronavirus reported in the UK

    January 29, 2020
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  • 01/02/2020

    NFRS initiated a command structure with partners to start planning our response to COVID-19

    NFRS initiated a command structure with partners to start planning our response to COVID-19

    February 1, 2020
    ...
  • 03/03/2020

    First case of Coronavirus reported in Northamptonshire

    First case of Coronavirus reported in Northamptonshire

    March 3, 2020
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  • 11/03/2020

    World Health Organisation (WHO) declare the COVID-19 pandemic

    World Health Organisation (WHO) declare the COVID-19 pandemic

    March 11, 2020
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  • 17/03/2020

    NFRS refined Home Fire Safety Checks and community work to meet COVID-19 security guidelines

    NFRS refined Home Fire Safety Checks and community work to meet COVID-19 security guidelines

    March 17, 2020
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  • 20/03/2020

    NFRS declare major incident

    NFRS declare major incident

    March 20, 2020
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  • 23/03/2020

    The Prime Minister announces UK lockdown

    The Prime Minister announces UK lockdown

    March 23, 2020
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  • 06/04/2020

    NFRS instigated logistics drivers to provide additional resilience and support for the Service

    NFRS instigated logistics drivers to provide additional resilience and support for the Service

    April 6, 2020
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  • 13/04/2020

    NFRS instigated mortuary support in the county

    NFRS instigated mortuary support in the county

    April 13, 2020
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  • 23/04/2020

    NFRS made testing available to staff and family members

    NFRS made testing available to staff and family members

    April 23, 2020
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  • 27/04/2020

    NFRS started assisting with pharmacy deliveries in the county

    NFRS started assisting with pharmacy deliveries in the county

    April 27, 2020
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  • 29/04/2020

    NFRS start driving for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to provide additional support

    NFRS start driving for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to provide additional support

    April 29, 2020
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  • 11/05/2020

    Construction workers started returning to work

    Construction workers started returning to work

    May 11, 2020
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  • 18/05/2020

    NFRS were stood down from mortuary support in the county

    NFRS were stood down from mortuary support in the county

    May 18, 2020
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  • 15/06/2020

    Non-essential shops were permitted to re-open

    Non-essential shops were permitted to re-open

    June 15, 2020
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  • 23/06/2020

    COVID-19 alert level reduced to level 3

    COVID-19 alert level reduced to level 3

    June 23, 2020
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  • 04/07/2020

    Pubs, cinemas, museums, places of worship and libraries were permitted to open

    Pubs, cinemas, museums, places of worship and libraries were permitted to open

    July 4, 2020
    ...

An overview of our response during COVID-19 is listed below:

  • Maintained sufficient crewing levels across the county in line with our Standards of Operational Response (SOR) and mobilised to 1,499 incidents
  • Very high risk Home Fire Safety Checks were still conducted
  • Fire Protection Officers conducted remote audits, physical visits where necessary but also continued to be available over the phone to provide advice
  • Dedicated staff supported multi-agency command structures to build resilience and ensure the continuity of services
  • Supported pharmacy deliveries within our community to ensure medication and prescriptions were still delivered to those who needed them
  • Utilised online platforms to showcase prevention videos to support the primary school curriculum and some informative videos about the Service
  • Training for the intake of our new Wholetime Duty System (WDS) (full time) firefighters continued
  • Internally we have produced alerts for staff and provided wellbeing support

A full infographic of our response to COVID-19 is available to view here (PDF 927 KB).

For advice on how to stay safe in the home, please visit our Home Fire Safety page or if you run a business, keep up to date with advice on our Business Fire Safety page.

We are continuing to post information and advice across our social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) which you can like and share.

Alternatively, you can still contact us during this time but remember in an emergency always dial 999.

 

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