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Roger Hirst thanks Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service for “phenomenal job”

In his latest video blog, Roger Hirst the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, thanks Essex Police and Essex County, Fire and Rescue Service for their phenomenal work in keeping Essex safe and reflects on what we can achieve when Essex Unites together. Roger also reminds people to Stay Alert and Stay Safe.

Hi, I’m Roger Hirst, your police, fire, and crime commissioner. This’ll probably be the last of these videos that I’ll do for a little while. It’s been a tough few months coronavirus and lockdown restrictions have impacted each and every one of us, but it’s good now that locked down is lifting. Our condolences and thoughts go out to everyone who’s lost someone close to them during this pandemic.

As we move to the recovery phase, the resilience forum is moving from response, which was led by the Chief Constable and the Deputy Chief Fire Officer, to the recovery phase, which is now led by our, local council colleagues. As we move into what will be the new normal personally, on behalf of the people of Essex, I’d like to say a huge thank you to our emergency services, and indeed the team at the Multi Agency Information Cell who have been magnificent during the period.

More than 2 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been deliver to front line workers, hospital capacity has significantly increased across the County. The accommodation has of found for 280 rough sleepers. 696 extra ambulances have been made available by firefighters volunteering 8,350 extra hours to drive ambulances. So that’s 4075 extra emergency calls. We even had a firefighter deliver a baby.

All of this has been on top of normal business. Both the police and the fire rescue service have done quite a phenomenal job and it goes to prove what can be achieved when Essex Unites and we all come together.

The resilience forum is still available if it is needed and it will be there if it is called upon again in relation to coronavirus. And of course it will continue to work, on the other stuff, which is a needed in preparation, probably for the European Union exit at the end of the year. But best remember, COVID-19, hasn’t gone away. It’s not over. We must stay alert. It is the lockdown which has worked.

So please observe the guidance, keep each other safe. And thank you.

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