A delivery of personal protective equipment which arrived in South Yorkshire yesterday, is now on its way to social care teams across the county.
Hundreds of thousands of pieces of kits including aprons, gloves and masks were delivered to South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s training centre in Sheffield yesterday afternoon.
It was there that military planners and fire and rescue service staff broke down the supplies and delivered them to the local authorities in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield for distribution to workers.
The equipment had been sent to South Yorkshire from the government’s national distribution centre.
Chief Fire Officer Alex Johnson said: “These workers are right on the frontline of providing care and support to some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities, so we were pleased to be able to play a small part in getting this equipment to the staff who need it.
“I’m proud of our staff for stepping up at short notice to make it happen and understanding the important role the fire and rescue service can play in supporting our partners and our communities.”
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “Working together, organisations across South Yorkshire and I have pushed hard for those on the front line of the Coronavirus pandemic to get the vital protective equipment they need. I’m glad to see these calls have resulted in the delivery of much-needed supplies, enabling our crucial workers to do their jobs more safely.
“We must all play our part in protecting our key workers who are working tirelessly to save lives in these most challenging of times. The best way we can all do that is to muster our strength and resolve, stick to the guidance without question and look out for each other. If we do, history will remember the heroism of our NHS and key workers, and how we all came together to defeat this cruel virus.”
South Yorkshire’s response to the pandemic is being coordinated as a collective effort by multiple agencies, including emergency services, health bodies and local authorities.