Day: 14 January 2021

Fire cover could be lost in rural Shropshire if firefighters are not treated as frontline workers and vaccinated

Councillors in south west Shropshire are getting concerned that they could lose fire cover if firefighters are not vaccinated urgently. New rules have been introduced that require firefighters to self-isolate for ten days if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid-19. That could decimate fire cover in rural areas of Shropshire and take out entire stations. Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North explains: “I have been contacted by a number of retained firefighters over the last few days. They are concerned that if one member of the crew on a shout has a positive test the rest are put into self-isolation. They are concerned that Ludlow and surrounding areas may have to rely on fire crews from further afield. They say that will increase the risk to life and could increase injuries and distress. “There are 16 retained firefighters working with the full time team in Ludlow. They go out nine at time. All these firefighters could all be asked to stand down if one person at the station tests positive. “Their work has grown during the pandemic. They are being called out to help the ambulance service. They are being called out…

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