Across the UK, Fire and Rescue Services are once again stepping in to assist with the national vaccination programme.
Almost half a million vaccinations have been given by fire and rescue service staff – and hundreds of thousands of hours spent on setting up centres and helping to run them.
Praising the incredible work of the UK fire and rescue service, the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Chair Mark Hardingham, said: “Staff from fire services across the country have been assisting with the COVID response since day one and will now be increasing their work on vaccinations.
“It once again goes to show how flexible, dedicated, professional and passionate staff are in protecting the communities they serve.”
Mr Hardingham added: “The fire service across the breadth of the country are ready, willing and able to assist. NFCC has agreed with government we will offer this support to get the country through this difficult time and support this vital work to get everyone eligible vaccinated by the end of the year – just over two weeks away. I am in no doubt the public are proud of their local services as they once again step up to play their part.
The NFCC is also encouraging as many people as possible to ensure they take up vaccinations in a bid to keep themselves and loved ones safe, while helping to protect the NHS.