Last updated: 22 January 2021 (reviewed daily)
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been recognised nationally for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular SFRS was praised for its positive contributions to the local community and commitment to the welfare of its staff.
In August 2020, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) was commissioned by the Home Secretary to examine how fire and rescue services are responding to the pandemic.
Dan Fearn, Temporary Chief Fire Officer, said:
"I am extremely proud of everyone who works for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and I would like to thank each and every colleague for their professionalism and commitment to keep the communities of Suffolk safe.
"Fires, road traffic collisions, rescues and flooding have not stopped because there is a global pandemic. All our teams have stepped up by continuing to respond to emergency incidents, whilst supporting our partners and colleagues across Suffolk.
"Like many organisations, we have had to adapt our ways of working so we can continue to operate safely. We continued to safely recruit new members of our fire service team, train and develop our operational crews and, of course, ensure that we are there to help the most vulnerable in the county.
"It has been, and continues to be, a very challenging time due to COVID-19. But our teams across Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service are ready to respond to emergency calls and support their communities to overcome the virus. In the coming weeks, personnel will continue to assist the ambulance service and be ready to support our health colleagues where needed.”