Firefighters across Lincolnshire will be offering extra support and services to communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thanks to a new national agreement, firefighters will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances and retrieve dead bodies during the outbreak.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue already work closely with partners to help in communities, with many firefighters carrying out extended duties, assisting ambulance service at a range of medical emergencies.
“This is a helpful agreement to have been put in place at this time. Our firefighters are dedicated to their communities, and have taken this stance for 20 years, to save lives and protect residents,” said Lincolnshire’s Chief Fire Officer.
“We are working with our emergency planning team to help as much as we can, while still being able to respond to emergencies.
“Our prevention work continues but we’re prioritising the highest risk people and places at this time.
“I must also stress to everyone – please follow the national guidance and stay at home wherever possible. By doing this you are protecting yourself, but also key responders, so we can keep services running and reduce the impact of coronavirus as much as possible.