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23-08-21

'Making A Difference' - showcasing how Fire & Rescue Services provided vital support during the pandemic

We are proud to present "Making A Difference", showing how Fire & Rescue Services across the UK supported their local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Making a difference" tells the story of how the fire and rescue services throughout the UK worked with partners to prevent the spread and limit the impact of the virus.

It is a celebration of the incredible efforts fire and rescue services have made to help our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report is an impressive read - it comes as no surprise to see so many examples of the UKFRS working with organisations at a local level to bolster community responses to the pandemic.

While the report can’t capture all the great work of every FRS, NFCC would like to thank each and every FRS and member of staff who assisted during the pandemic.

The story is not over. We are proud to shine a spotlight on just some examples of what has been done - and to provide a reminder of this vital work.

We will continue to feature all the good work over the coming weeks and months.  The document - along with the invaluable data every FRS has provided throughout the pandemic - has been used to inform ministers and others about the life-saving work from every FRS.

The pandemic was unlike anything else we have experienced. Every FRS adapted quickly to working in different ways, drawing on their strengths to help everyone in communities get through - and ultimately emerge from this challenging period.

Fire and rescue services don’t work in isolation and the strong tradition of collaborating with other organisations in all areas of our work has never been more evident.

Mark Hardingham, Chair, National Fire Chiefs Council, commented: “It comes as no surprise to me to see so many examples of fire and rescue services working with organisations at a local level to bolster community responses to COVID-19. I am proud that staff in all areas of fire and rescue services were able to contribute in so many ways. As we emerge from the pandemic, we must take time to learn and ensure we build on and strengthen our partnerships as they are fundamental to how we move forward and continue to be ready, willing and able.”

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