Fire and Rescue services are turning to freeze dried food as a solution to the threats to supplies through the current pandemic and beyond.
Specialist freeze dried food supplier Fuel Your Preparation - whose ingredients and meals come with a shelf life of up to 25 years in tins or seven years in pouches - is supplying a number of fire and rescue services across the UK as they seek to solve the issue of consistency of food for staff.
Freeze dried meals can provide instant nutrition in emergency situations such as floods, fires or power cuts. The Fuel Your Preparation pouches are stable at room temperatures for up to seven years and can be quickly rehydrated by adding water.
Atiyya Tailor, of Fuel Your Preparation, said: "The uncertainty presented by the current pandemic, coupled with the threat of local lockdowns and the emerging warnings being issued around Brexit make freeze dried food a solution for emergency situations.
"This is a critical element of emergency planning and means the services can then focus on what they need to do, knowing they can work through shifts or over extended incidents without worrying about food supplies. The fire and rescue staff know they always have a meal if they carry a pouch of freeze dried food - all they need to do is add boiling water."
Fuel Your Preparation supplies for a range of organisations to help with contingency planning including care homes, emergency services, oil and gas installations and prisons. Its freeze dried food is ideal for emergency scenarios from power cuts, floods, mountain rescues and major incident planning across high risk sites such as nuclear installations.
The meal range from Fuel Your Preparation in tins and pouch formats includes chicken tikka with rice, pasta bolognaise, beef stew, spicy pasta Arrabiata, five bean cassoulet, chocolate mousse and rice pudding. Ingredients and staple items come in tins and also includes diced chicken and minced beef. The range also provides Halal, vegan and vegetarian options.
Meeting challenges ahead, the products also come in kit form as ingredients such as green beans, beef mince and white rice and offer organisations freeze dried breakfasts, desserts and main meals including vegetarian options depending on needs.
Fuel Your Preparation freeze dried foods contain carbohydrates and protein, are easy to prepare by adding water. Freeze dried ingredients are produced by removing the water from the original product and retaining the nutrition and taste.
The full range of Fuel Your Preparation products can be found at the website.