AF&RS volunteers become vaccinators to support NHS

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) volunteers have joined forces with the NHS to support the vaccination roll out.

AF&RS volunteers have been trained to give vaccinations to support the NHS programme at Ashton Gate Mass Vaccination Centre and local clinics at GP surgery’s across the Service area.

Paul Redman, Watch Manager at AF&RS and volunteer vaccinator, gave his first vaccine last week.

Paul said: “I was keen to get involved in the whole process, from volunteering as a marshal to becoming a vaccinator. I’ve really enjoyed my time as a vaccinator so far, I’m really fortunate to be doing it and everyone I’ve met so far is really friendly, it’s been a fantastic experience.”

AF&RS continue to support the national response to the pandemic, training vaccinators, providing marshals at vaccination centres and driving ambulances on the front line

Paul added: “If you’re thinking of volunteering, I’d say just 100% go for it. It’s really good, there’s lots of variation, you get to meet lots of great people and gets you away from your desk.

“I’d like to say thank you to all the managers in the Service for giving us the opportunity to get involved, it’s great to see the NHS, Ambulance Service and Avon Fire working together.”