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.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service VE Day tribute

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service marks the historic milestone with a visual tribute from their Firefighters and a message from their Chief Fire Officer.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service held a two minute silence for Firefighters Memorial Day

Crews from a number of stations across the county, including Luton, Dunstable and Bedford took time out of their schedule to pay tribute to the Firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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.

Residents urged to stay home as pandemic “set to hit Bedfordshire”

People are being urged to follow the government advice on staying at home as Bedfordshire prepares for the coronavirus outbreak to increase in the county.

Emergency parcel service for the elderly

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have been working together to help support communities by setting up an emergency parcel delivery service for vulnerable elderly residents.

Bedfordshire Fire Service creates a ‘virtual’ school visit

Kempston White Watch from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has made a ‘virtual school visit’ suitable for young primary school children.

The video was made in an attempt to reach out to isolated families and engage with young children on fire safety.

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Public Safety News and information

Take a look at all the Public Safety News for the Cranfield and Marston Vale area. Includes news from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and emergency planning from local councils, such as the Bedfordshire Local Resilience Forum , which includes Bedfordshire Prepared.