UK fire services on hand to provide vital support to deliver medical supplies during cold spell

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) is supporting communities all over the country affected by Storm Emma and the Siberian cold air front currently freezing Britain.

Local fire and rescue services are providing off-road vehicles and drivers to support local councils and health organisations to deliver vital medical supplies. The NFCC is working with government, co-ordinating work nationally to ensure that fire and rescue services are able to share these life-saving resources around the country, to ensure local communities are well-supported.

During this period, 25 fire and rescue services across the country are mobilised to assist during the adverse weather conditions. This has been coordinated through the National Fire Chiefs Council National Resilience Hub and shared with government.

In addition to providing services in their local area, more than 20 fire and rescue services have offered to deliver their services nationally as requests come in. This is part of a national response to ensure additional vehicles and response is available during the cold weather.

The UK fire and rescue service has tried and tested arrangements for delivering mutual assistance on a national footprint through the NFCC National Resilience Hub delivered by Merseyside Fire and Rescue.

NFCC’s National Resilience function allows teams to be mobilised and respond to incidents and events with equipment, rescue teams and expertise. Other national resilience functions include responding to national issues such as flooding, search and rescue, both in the UK and abroad.

National Resilience is updating the Home Office and working with other organisations such as the Met Office and the Environment Agency to ensure its response meets the needs of the situation as it changes.

NFCC Chair Roy Wilsher said: “I am incredibly grateful to fire and rescue colleagues across the country for sharing their drivers and their vehicles to support each other’s communities in need of help and support during this dangerously cold weather. The fast and full response is not surprising, but it is appreciated by our partners and by local people in need.”

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