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Jason is a Fire Fighter with the London Fire Brigade with 21 years’ service he is based at G28 Willesden, red watch.
The crew are currently running a four on four off duty system which consist of two days 9:30am until 20:00hrs and then two nights consisting 20:00 hrs until 9:30am, with five people on a watch and four different watches on one station red, white, blue and green. During the pandemic non-essential work has been reduced to limit the possible spread between the work force and the public this means as schools are now closed are community education visit have ceased although home fire safety checks are still being carried out for members of the community that may be of high risk, under the current climate additional safety measures have been introduced to protect the fire crews and the public. With a large number of staff currently self-isolating or sick due the virus and new roles being implemented, the crews now have to be available for extra shifts .
Jason explained that “Attending emergency calls, not much has changed all though we’re now carrying some new kit and personal protection is very much at the forefront of our thoughts when helping the public and new procedures for decontaminating after incidents.
Since the lockdown has started, and everyone is having to stay home, the last few weeks have been getting busier which is very unfortunate as a lot of our work comes from people’s misfortune.
As all the frontline NHS staff, London ambulance service and police are so stretched we are now offering our support to the London Ambulance Service either by blue light driving or helping out in the back under guidance of a Paramedic, this a detachment for set period of time on their duty system.
We’re also supporting the PMART team, ( pandemic multi agency response team) a very difficult role which will hopefully cut the demand on the London ambulance service giving them the ability to see patient’s across London and give them the help they need, this consists of visiting care homes, hospices and people’s homes where they may have unfortunately passed away from COVID-19, each team will involve a health service professional to confirm the death, police officers to investigate the death and fire service to drive and prepare the deceased for collection.
I feel very privileged to be in my role that enables us all to give support to our other emergency services and to NHS colleagues while responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in our capital.
For all key workers please keep up the incredible work.”