The agreement allows firefighters to assist other public sector organizations in monitoring, pursuing and isolating measures and verifying that potential higher-risk sites are safe from COVID. The multi-day discussions reached agreement that firefighters and emergency services will continue to be at the heart of the current response to COVID-19 and will continue to carry out specific activities. This means that activities related to COVID-19, such as helping nursing homes, assisting deraseels during tests, conducting ambulances, creating faces for NHS/clinical staff and helping the most vulnerable will continue until at least the end of July. The work of firefighters responding to the pandemic was previously authorized under a tripartite agreement with the participation of the National Fire Chiefs Council, but the FBU and national employers stated in a joint circular that the temporary agreement had become “much longer than originally planned.” FIREFIGHTERS are ready to assist in the implementation of COVID-19 vaccines in the UK following an agreement between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) – the union representing British firefighters and emergency firefighters – and national fire and rescue workers. It was also agreed that joint work to review risk assessments will be carried out with the aim of extending the agreement to that date of 26 August. The most recent agreement is first in effect until January to ensure that brigades comply with all security measures in order to limit beyond that. NFCC President Roy Wilsher told Fire Safety Matters: “This agreement demonstrates the willingness, will and ability of fire and rescue personnel to contribute to the response to COVID-19 by using their broad range of skills and expertise to help those who need it most. The agreement was initially concluded in March with a number of new activities, with covid-19 resulting in new requirements. The NFCC was absolutely convinced that firefighters and emergency services could assist in the fight against the pandemic and, just as importantly, play a key role in supporting the challenges it identified. Congress notes that the agreement has minimized risk assessments and the role of security personnel in preventing the risks of all work done.
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