Service Response to COVID-19

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) has two key priorities of keeping of Communities Safe and Service Strong.

As such, staff have been actively assessing advice from Public Health England, the Government Lead Department, in addition to engaging with the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) and more recently Strategic Coordinating Groups (SCG), to ensure that the Service's preparations are consistent with partners.

This allows the Service to prepare for and protect all staff while continuing to respond and deliver our services safely to all communities with a proportionate and scalable approach. The health, fitness, well-being and welfare of our staff and our communities remains paramount.

As a Service, we recognise that this is a very dynamic and changing environment and we are well prepared to respond to the risk of growth and a rise in infections both across the community and within the workforce through business continuity plans and contingency arrangements. 

The Service has also set up a Critical Incident Team, made up of a number of strategic and senior managers, to consider all areas of the organisation and how best to keep staff safe and ensure business as usual can continue where possible.

Over the coming days and weeks, AF&RS will continue to assess the situation and ensure that when members of the community need us, we will be able to respond effectively and efficiently while keeping staff safe.

We would advise the public to please follow all guidance issued by the UK Government and Public Health England