FSF comments on COVID-19 pandemic
THE FIRE Sector Federation (FSF) called for all in the sector to ‘play our part’ in the current situation, and welcomed the key worker status of fire safety personnel.
In a press release, the FSF stated that during this ‘national emergency’, many in the fire safety sector ‘will be concerned regarding what work should or shouldn’t go ahead’, and cited the government advice to stay home, stay safe and protect the National Health Service during the three week lockdown. As ‘we all play our part by limiting contact with others to reduce the virus’ opportunity to spread’, the FSF noted however that exceptions ‘have raised multiple questions within the wider sector’.
Citing the recent news that Security Minister James Brokenshire had highlighted that fire safety personnel ‘have a role’ as key workers ‘where their work is essential to national infrastructure’, the FSF said that this ‘offers some sense of the government focus’, but ‘importantly’ did not ‘define all fire safety personnel as receiving this status’.
In that sense, ‘judgement and sensible interpretation are needed in any decision to go ahead with tasks’, with the aim of ‘minimising social contact wherever possible’. If the decision is made that ‘attendance is critical’, then ‘the strictest rules on personal hygiene, individual travel arrangements’, personal protective equipment (PPE) and social distancing ‘must be planned and followed’.
As the situation continues to ‘evolve’, the federation added, ‘further clarification is being sought and will come from the government’, with the FSF to ‘share it as it becomes available’.