The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has today launched its #ReadyWillingAble campaign, to show how the UK’s fire and rescue services are going the extra mile and taking on additional activities to protect and support their communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Backed by the Home Office, firefighters and other fire service staff across the country will be sharing stories and video on their websites and social media to highlight how they’re using their wide range of skills to provide community reassurance and help, in response to the national crisis.

As well as continuing to respond to emergency calls and carry out their core duties, it has been agreed that fire and rescue staff will also assist the ambulance service with emergency ambulance driving, support the most vulnerable through food deliveries, carry out ‘face fitting’ for masks used by health care workers and deliver PPE and medical supplies.

Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said: “Fire and Rescue services across the UK are renowned for responding professionally to the unexpected and this national crisis is no different.

"We are very proud of crews and other staff for stepping forward, using their wide-range of capabilities and skills to ensure community reassurance and support, while continuing to respond to emergencies, during COVID-19.

“Fire and rescue services have a ‘can do’ ethic and the skills and capability to carry out this work. The commitment to their communities during this critical time is a reflection of their continued humanity and care."

Home Office Minister for Security James Brokenshire said: “Fire and rescue services have a crucial role to play in the response to Coronavirus and keeping us all safe.

“We welcome this campaign to highlight the fantastic work they are doing to protect our communities and support those who are most vulnerable.”

NFCC’s Ready Willing Able campaign is being rolled out by the UK’s fire and rescue services on their websites and social media channels using #ReadyWillingAble