‘Exemplary work’ of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service recognised by minister
By Sarah Wood | 10th December 2020
The crucial role played by Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) during the Covid-19 pandemic has been recognised by the government.
A fund was set up to support the extra costs fire and rescue services around the country have incurred by taking on additional activities to help with the coronavirus response.
GFRS applied to the Fire Covid-19 Contingency Fund and has been awarded £91,465 to fully cover the cost of activities included in the claim.
A letter to the service from Lord Greenhalgh, minister of state for building safety, fire and communities, said the application had been carefully reviewed.
He said: "In reaching this decision, I have recognised the exemplary work that the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been carrying out in its response to the pandemic, despite a challenging financial backdrop and limited amount of Covid-19 funding being made available through the county council.
"I hope that this award will encourage the fire and rescue service to keep up the good work as we head into a challenging winter."
The minister also agreed to waive a condition that the additional costs exceeded 0.2 per cent of the fire and rescue service's budgeted expenditure.
Working closely with the county council, GFRS carried out extra duties to ensure that the most vulnerable in the community were fully supported, while helping with Covid-19 testing and PPE delivery and training.
The award covered costs for:
- Food deliveries to vulnerable members of the community
- Assisting at test centres
- Delivery of PPE and infection prevention & control (IPC) training to domiciliary care workers
- Care home assistance with swab testing
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the fire service, said: "I'm pleased the exceptional work of the fire and rescue service during the pandemic has been recognised by the government with this funding award.
"Our firefighters and support staff have really gone the extra mile to keep communities safe by taking on a variety of challenging roles, as well as their regular work, and I'm very grateful for their support. This shows the real benefits for the public from running both the fire and rescue service and public health as parts of the county council."
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