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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) staff have adapted to change and continue to work hard to keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 has affected us all in some way or another. This pandemic has brought loss, sadness and turned people’s lives upside down, however as a nation, we have kept strong, united and upheld the light in the darkest of times.

HFRS staff have adapted to change and continue to work exceptionally hard to support you and everyone in the Humber area. The ongoing efforts of Kevin Freer, John Rowland and Mark Coulthard is testament to that.

These three committed individuals show resilience, flexibility and passion to work anywhere within HFRS to protect and serve our communities.

Alongside their Road Safety commitments, they have spent a significant part of the lockdown period supporting local teams. Throughout this time, they turned their hands to working alongside the community hubs and completing food and medication drops to the most vulnerable.

Kevin, John and Mark make critical home visits, by dropping off equipment which has been urgently needed to keep members of our community safe, this includes:

  • fitting smoke alarms in homes,
  • giving advice,
  • delivering fire retardant equipment to those who have been identified as vulnerable.

Michelle Emmerson, Prevention Manager said,

"Kevin, Mark and John have a selfless, can do attitude, stepping up to the challenges we have faced over the past year to support our partners and those most vulnerable in our communities. The guys were met with warmth, respect and appreciation from those they engaged with. Doing what they said, was there bit”.

It is important through these challenging times to maintain our kindness towards others and offer continued support to those in need.