Lancs Together – Working in Partnership to Make Lancashire Safer During the Pandemic

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Staff from across Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) are working hard behind the scenes and on the front line to support the Coronavirus efforts across Lancashire.

Since the pandemic was declared back in March staff at LFRS launched into action to ensure they were the best trained, best equipped, best accommodated and most professional fire and rescue service in the country. It was decided that staff efforts would move away from business as usual work to focus on the Coronavirus, whilst of course continuing to deliver an emergency response. The Service has not had to reduce the services we offer because of staff absences since the lockdown began and have put measures in place to ensure staffing levels remain high.

The decision was made to cancel non-critical activity and instead focus our efforts into maintaining the delivery of core corporate services which are critical to the functionality of the Service, maintain the delivery of prevention and protection services in line with the advice from Public Health England, fulfil our statutory duty of supporting the Lancashire Resilience Forum and provide support, advice and guidance to our staff ensuring their safety and welfare is a priority.

Now you can get a quick run down on some of the things we’ve been getting up to in this video update from our Chief Fire Officer, Justin Johnston:

Chief Fire Officer Justin Johnston said:

“I am immensely proud of all my staff who are working hard on their efforts supporting the Lancashire Resilience Forum and the wider Coronavirus impacts. The amount of work that we are doing is beginning to make a visible difference to our local communities, including the distribution of food stocks for vulnerable people, the distribution of bulk PPE to care homes and engaging with at risk communities whilst also maintaining an emergency response. We are asking our staff to work in ways they haven’t had to before but are doing so with professionalism and compassion. I have been greatly impressed by staff coming forward with ideas to help us and our communities during this unprecedented challenge and how we’re working together to be part of the solution to make Lancashire safer.”

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