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We are proud of our staff who are volunteering to support our NHS with the COVID-19 vaccinations.

Our staff adminstering vaccinations

In the run up to Christmas our staff came forward to offer their support and time to help our communities over the festive season. This includes supplying drivers and delivering vaccinations and other supplies to vaccination centres across the Humber region. Several members of staff began their training to be able to administer the COVID-19 vaccinations to support the NHS with the boosters, first and second doses of the vaccination.

Jason Kirby, Temporary Director of People and Development at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I’m proud of our staff’s response over the festive season to offer their support to the NHS during a time of high demand. We work closely with our local NHS and have done so for many years. Whether it’s at an incident or supporting local initiatives that improve the health and safety of our communities, we are here to help one another in times of need.

“As a fire service we have taken every necessary precaution to ensure our staff and our communities are kept safe during this time, without impacting on our response as a fire and rescue service.”

Sam Teather, Watch Manager and lead coordinator said: “We’ve had a great response from staff offering their support across the festive season and are working effectively with our local NHS and Military Planners to support COVID-19 vaccinations across the region.

“Our careful planning means our staff can perform their roles in the Service and we have risk assessed procedures to make sure all our staff remain safe and well.”

Our staff have provided driving and delivery support since March 2020 as response stepped up to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and in conjunction with the Local Resilience Forum (LRF). We have continued the large task of handling all the personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Humber region, through a suitable warehouse provision by Howdens Joinery. Our staff have delivered bulk orders of gowns, face masks, hand sanitiser and aprons across the Humber area to existing local authority warehouses or to carehomes or surgeries directly.

Staff member helping vaccination deliveries
Our staff helping with vaccination deliveries

As we enter 2022, we have delivered five million pieces of protective equipment across the region and the hard work by all concerned will continue as long as the health and care sectors need support.