Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service celebrates Ambulance Driving Firefighters

On Thursday (24 September 2020) Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) came together with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to thank firefighters for their outstanding support during COVID.

Since March BFRS has worked with EEAST to provide over 20 seconded firefighters to drive ambulances.

This enabled EEAST to keep more ambulances on the road. Between April-August they worked a total of 12,530 hours; covered over 1,000 shifts and drove over 500 ambulances.

Beds Fire launches a new Technical Support Unit

On Monday (17 August 2020) Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) launched a new Technical Support Unit. Based at Dunstable Fire Station it is the first of its kind in the country.

This new vehicle will respond to Bariatric and complex patient incidents where emergency removal of a patient is required to support the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).

Suspected poisoning one of the most common reasons for young children to be taken to A and E

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more than 28,000 children each year in the UK are treated for accidental ingestion of items such as medicines, household products and cosmetics.

Injury Prevention Week: Is your child road safety aware?

In a survey by YouGov, commissioned for Injury Prevention Week (17-21 August) almost two-thirds of parents did not think their children had a good understanding of the dangers or concentrate near roads.


The Highway Code states that children should not be allowed out alone until they can understand and use the Green Cross Code properly. So it is particularly important for those children who may be walking to school without a parent or guardian for the first time this term.

Skin creams dried on fabric can lead to fire deaths

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has partnered with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire and Rescue Services and health charities in a new campaign to raise awareness of the fire risk and the precautions that need to be taken by users of skin creams.

Emollient skin creams are used to manage dry, itchy or scaly skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis. Some creams, when dried on to fabric, can create a highly flammable combination that can cause serious injury and death.

Research has found that the risk arises, even if the creams do not contain paraffin.

Bedfordshire’s emergency services encourage the public to download what3words app

‘Where’s the emergency?’ is one of the first questions you are asked when calling 999. But saying exactly where you are can be challenging.

Services often can’t automatically detect where you are and dropped pins are difficult to explain over the phone.

Landmark-based descriptions are prone to errors and GPS coordinates are long and difficult to communicate. At best, this is a frustrating drain on resources. At worst, it can mean the difference between life and death.

So, this week Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been taking part in #KnowExactlyWhere week to raise awareness about the free what3words app.

Including how it can be used to save precious time, resources and lives in an emergency.

Beds Fire: Pride with no prejudice

During the month of June, LGBT Pride is usually a vibrant celebration of diversity and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of current issues facing the LGBT community.

Due to the current pandemic, many of these national celebrations have been cancelled or moved to virtual platforms. However, as Pride month comes to a close, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and blue light partners wish to reiterate their support to the county’s LGBT community.

Bedfordshire Police backs national seatbelt campaign

In a bid to reduce to the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads, Bedfordshire Police is backing a national seatbelt campaign.

The campaign, which is supported by National Police Chief’s Council, starts on 29 June and runs until 12 July 2020.

In the UK, if a seatbelt is fitted it is a legal requirement to wear it. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £500.

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.

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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