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.
Throughout the outbreak of COVID-19 we 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)
Novel Coronavirus identified
Novel Coronavirus identifiedJanuary 7, 2020...
First case of Coronavirus reported in the UK
First case of Coronavirus reported in the UKJanuary 29, 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-19February 1, 2020...
First case of Coronavirus reported in Northamptonshire
First case of Coronavirus reported in NorthamptonshireMarch 3, 2020...
World Health Organisation (WHO) declare the COVID-19 pandemic
World Health Organisation (WHO) declare the COVID-19 pandemicMarch 11, 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 guidelinesMarch 17, 2020...
NFRS declare major incident
NFRS declare major incidentMarch 20, 2020...
The Prime Minister announces UK lockdown
The Prime Minister announces UK lockdownMarch 23, 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 ServiceApril 6, 2020...
NFRS instigated mortuary support in the county
NFRS instigated mortuary support in the countyApril 13, 2020...
NFRS made testing available to staff and family members
NFRS made testing available to staff and family membersApril 23, 2020...
NFRS started assisting with pharmacy deliveries in the county
NFRS started assisting with pharmacy deliveries in the countyApril 27, 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 supportApril 29, 2020...
Construction workers started returning to work
Construction workers started returning to workMay 11, 2020...
NFRS were stood down from mortuary support in the county
NFRS were stood down from mortuary support in the countyMay 18, 2020...
Non-essential shops were permitted to re-open
Non-essential shops were permitted to re-openJune 15, 2020...
COVID-19 alert level reduced to level 3
COVID-19 alert level reduced to level 3June 23, 2020...
Pubs, cinemas, museums, places of worship and libraries were permitted to open
Pubs, cinemas, museums, places of worship and libraries were permitted to openJuly 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).
Alternatively, you can still contact us during this time but remember in an emergency always dial 999.