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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Public Appeal: fireworks and bonfire safety

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is working with local partners and emergency services to help keep people safe this bonfire and fireworks season.

With many organised events cancelled across the county, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual.

It said that there is an emerging concern that more people will plan displays and bonfires to celebrate in their own gardens, which could pose significant risk for those who choose to use them.

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Bedfordshire’s Emergency Services: new scheme to help those with communication difficulties

Bedfordshire Police has chosen national Hate Crime Awareness Week to launch “Pegasus” – a new scheme to help those with autism, or other communication difficulties, when coming into contact with the emergency services.

The scheme is in association with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. It is designed to assist those who live or work Bedfordshire, are independent in the community, with or without home help or care, and who have an illness or disability which makes it hard to speak or make themselves understood in a difficult situation.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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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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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