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25-01-21

NFCC highlights 'incredible' work of FRSs in assisting with mass vaccination programme

The National Fire Chiefs Council has praised Fire and Rescue Services for their incredible work – as they continue their COVID-19 mass vaccination programme efforts, alongside their usual emergency response duties.

Over the coming weeks, NFCC will be highlighting the breadth of work being undertaken by the UK FRS. Today we look at Lancashire and their incredible efforts. 

What is very apparent to me is the selfless dedication, passion and sheer determination to keep communities safe.

NFCC Chair, Roy Wilsher

FRS staff this weekend were on hand at a number of Lancashire’s vaccination centres, working alongside partners to ensure hundreds more vulnerable people received their COVID-19 vaccinations. Helping out at 22 sites, seven days a week, Lancashire FRS volunteers have so far assisted in administering over 50,000 vaccinations to those who need them most.

Meanwhile on Saturday, crews from 10 fire stations battled a severe fire at a derelict building that required the attendance of 12 fire engines and over 60 firefighters.

Chair of NFCC, Roy Wilsher, said: “This weekend we have seen some incredible work by Fire and Rescue Services across the entire country. What has been very apparent to me over the last few weeks is the selfless dedication, passion and sheer determination of many operational and support staff, to keep communities safe, not just through the vaccination programme but also with their continued emergency response.”

Since Lancashire FRS began supporting the mass vaccination programme in December 2020, more than 220 staff have volunteered to take part, with 35 full time staff re-purposed to support the effort. Some of those vaccination volunteers have shared their experiences of assisting in the programme. 

It has been truly humbling to see staff assist with the vaccination programme. This will make a huge difference to our communities.

CFO Justin Johnston

One member of staff said: “I helped out at a vaccination centre yesterday and spent a really enlightening and thoroughly worthwhile day chaperoning elderly and vulnerable members of the community. The vaccination centres are well managed, COVID safety is at the forefront of all activities and our assistance is genuinely and gratefully appreciated.” Another member of staff says: “I will look back in years to come and my children and grandchildren will be so proud in the role I have played to help save lives.”

Speaking about the pride in his FRS’s continued assistance, Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer Justin Johnston, who was also on hand at Blackburn’s mass vaccination centre, tweeted: “A great team, end to end including four booths where firefighters were vaccinating the people of Lancashire, alongside the wonderful NHS.

“It has been truly humbling to see staff from across the service assist with the vaccination programme in Lancashire. This will make a huge difference to our communities, as we work together in the fight against the pandemic,” he added.

Lancashire FRS is a central partner in the Lancashire Resilience Forum. Its response to the pandemic since March 2020 has been integral to getting PPE to Lancashire health care settings, undertaking face fitting for NHS staff and worked as the Fire Safety Regulator in the build of Nightingale hospitals.

 

Lancashire FRS

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