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Humberside Fire Service Plans for Coronavirus

Humberside Fire Service Plans for Coronavirus

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 3:02pm 19th March 2020.

Humberside Fire and Rescue has put back-up plans covering pandemics into effect as coronavirus continues to spread.

Members of the Fire Authority were told the plans aimed to keep the service working, especially if the virus spreads to staff.

Humberside Fire and Rescue has been in contact with the National Fire Chiefs Council which is helping local services plan for and cope with the outbreak.

Service Delivery and Support Director Steve Topham told Fire Authority members the service was in a strong position to deal with the outbreak.

MrTopham said:

“It’s quite a fast moving area but we’re in a very good place and our arrangements are robust.”

We’re looking at keeping staff movements to a minimum and reducing the number of face to face meetings with technology.”

Head of Corporate Assurance Simon Rhodes said the service’s planning team was meeting daily and that the pandemic plans were well developed.

Mr Rhodes said:

“We have contingency plans for all kinds of scenarios, including pandemics which we are well prepared for.

They are there to keep our staff and their families safe which is our top priority. We also have plans to support communities and businesses.

We will be letting members of the public know where they can get any futher information.”

It comes as 798 people in the UK had tested postive for coronavirus as of yesterday (Thursday). Ten people have died so far, according to official figures.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, said the number of people infected was likely between 5,000 and 10,000.

New government guidance states that anyone with a new fever or persistent cough should self-isolate for seven days.

 

 

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