Category: Public Safety

Government launches NHS Test and Trace service

New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms.

From 28 May 2020, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

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Network Rail issues warning as more than 1,000 trespass incidents recorded during COVID-19 lockdown

Network Rail has released figures that reveal trespassers disrupted vital passenger and freight services 1,0241 times during the first month of the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown.

This an average of 34 incidents a day.

It added that people relying on the railway to get to work and essential supplies to hospitals and supermarkets were hit with more than 380 hours of delay.

Network Rail said that trespassing is illegal, extremely dangerous and can have fatal or life changing consequences.

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service: “Please do not light bonfires”

On Sunday 5 April, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) attended 12 bonfires. Two were serious fires; one a fire in a rear garden that spread to the property. Ten per cent of the property was damaged by fire and fifty per cent was damaged by smoke.

The other was a fire involving a large amount of building materials which was left unattended. The home owner was located and advice given by the fire service and police.

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Take charge of battery safety when using e-cigarettes

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has said that there have been rare incidents of E-cigarettes or “vapes” exploding and seriously injuring people.

It has been suggested that battery-related issues may lead to vape explosions. The OPSS has released a list of safety tips may help you avoid a vape battery explosion or fire.

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service goes green!

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has committed to become more eco-friendly as an organisation and take measures to reduce their impact on the environment.

The Service has recently adopted new fully functioning electric vehicles as part of the ‘Go Green’ scheme. However it is now introducing further changes to help reduce unnecessary waste and implement more environmentally friendly options.

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New on-call trainee firefighters for Bedfordshire

Five new recruits have just started Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (BFRS) On-Call Firefighter trainee programme. After a selection process, including medical and fitness assessments, these new On-Call Firefighters begin their twelve week programme. This is a full and extensive course where they will learn everything they need to know to become fully trained Firefighters.

On-Call Firefighters attend incidents in their spare time.

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New home falls response service for vulnerable people in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) are working together on a new activity aimed at improving lives.

This new trial is being delivered by the BFRS Prevention Team who will be responding to vulnerable people who fall in their homes.

BFRS says that by delivering this new service means it can support EEAST during the busy winter season.

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