Councillor Carolyn Lambert, Vice Chair of East Sussex Fire Authority, is supporting national calls for frontline firefighters to be given priority for Covid vaccinations as key workers. Cllr Lambert says:
“Currently firefighters are not identified as key workers in the vaccination programme but are treated as general members of the public. Because of their age profile, they are likely to be amongst the last to receive vaccinations. Yet they are dealing with COVID patients daily in their role in supporting the ambulance service to gain access and move patients as well as in callouts to fires. Our calls to support SECAmb, our local Ambulance Service, went up by 33% last year.”
Cllr Sarah Osborne, also a member of the East Sussex Fire Authority adds:
“Staff from the Fire and Rescue Service have supported the Local Resilience Forum with PPE distribution, the co-ordination of testing sites and also with moving people to vaccination centres. We have also just seconded several fire fighters to drive ambulances to help take pressure off the NHS”.
Cllr James MacCleary, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson says:
“It is unacceptable that these frontline emergency workers are not receiving vaccinations. Lewes MP Maria Caufield made great play of her support for the Fire Service last year but has done nothing to ensure that these hugely committed staff who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe are protected. I am asking her to lobby her government to change this as a matter of urgency”.