Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will be supporting the NHS as ambulance drivers again as the East of England Ambulance Service responds to an unprecedented number of calls.
12 on-call firefighters from stations across Essex will begin work as ambulance drivers, alongside paramedics, as soon as they are able to and will support the Ambulance Service until January 31.
During this time, they will not be asked to fulfil any of their on-call firefighting commitments so they can maximise the support they can offer to the Ambulance Service.
They have already been trained having supported the Ambulance Service during the first wave of the pandemic. There will be additional opportunities for on-call firefighters to support the Ambulance Service and a two-day training course is planned at Chelmsford Ambulance Station next week.
Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive said: “It makes me so proud to see colleagues come forward to volunteer to support our NHS colleagues.
“We were one of the first fire and rescue services in the country to respond during the first pandemic and our firefighters made a real difference.”
Jo added: “Of course, while this activity is taking place, we’ll always maintain our core function as a fire and rescue service.”