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Fire Service response: Coronavirus

Joint statement from Chief Fire Officer John Roberts and Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Darren O’Donovan

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to reassure the public that we have contingency plans in place for a variety of situations that could arise as part of the coronavirus pandemic. The current situation is changing by the hour and will worsen and we will adapt our plans accordingly.

It is in our DNA as an emergency service to care for and protect people and that is what we will continue to do.  We urge the public to help us by not disregarding the advice of the Government to socially distance yourselves from others to prevent the spread of the virus.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and are following the advice of our partners including the National Fire Chiefs Council,  Public Health England, the NHS and the Local Resilience Forum.  This is consistent with the approach being taken by other Fire and Rescue Services across the country. We are guided by the advice made available to us nationally that has been developed by experts in this field.

We are responding to all emergencies as normal and we have been flexible in adapting some of our ways of working so we can continue to offer our prevention and protection services.

We are also issuing advice, guidance and disinfectant supplies to support all of our staff to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep them safe also.

We are aware that there will be many more people across the region who are self-isolating at home and we would encourage people to take a few moments to complete a quick online fire safety check which guides you through some essential advice on smoke alarm ownership, knowing your escape routes and how to prevent some of the common causes of fires in the home.

This online Safe and Well check can be found on our West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website:

Click here to start

Please continue to be kind to each other as we work through the next few months and thank you for supporting your emergency services as we support you.

We are confident that the Fire Service can face the challenges that lie ahead and there is no doubt that we will do everything possible to keep people across West Yorkshire safe during this difficult time.