Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service would like to reassure our communities following the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

The Service is closely monitoring all guidance and advice issued by the UK Government and Public Health Wales in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Service has set up a Critical Incident Team, which is meeting on a daily basis to ensure that we are in the best possible position to evaluate all the information being forwarded.

Please keep an eye on this site and our social media channels for the latest updates from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service. 

For the latest guidelines please visit the following websites:

Gov.uk
Gov.wales
Public Health Wales

While we all deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service will continue to support the owners and managers of buildings and businesses.
Our Fire Safety Officers have amended their working practices yet are still available to answer any questions you may have, and you can do so by contacting us. Should our officers be required to visit your premises they will take the appropriate measures to protect themselves and the building occupants.
Though the situation involving coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented, the Responsible Person (owners and managers of buildings and businesses) must be aware of their legal responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and ensure that these continue to be met. During these unprecedented times we are aware that businesses may have to make difficult decisions and change working practices and arrangements dramatically to ensure business continuity. If you are having to make any changes to your working arrangements, please consider the following:
  • ​Fire Risk Assessment – If you are the responsible person for a business or site then fire risk assessments and other legal obligations relating to the safety of your site, staff and visitors still apply, so review these as necessary. All changes to working practices should be detailed in your fire risk assessment, especially if this could include smaller staff numbers for staff led evacuations or key members of staff could be absent, such as Fire Wardens.
  • If your premises are unoccupied, ensure that all electrical appliances are switched off and the plugs are removed from sockets.
  • Ensure that all fire doors are securely closed.
  • Consider the impact of waste storage and build up, which could pose a fire risk.
  • Think about how any reduced maintenance provision for your premises could cause a fire risk.
  • Lower staff numbers may result in changes to arrangements if the fire alarm actuates, if you no longer have enough staff to investigate a false alarm then immediate evacuation, would be the most sensible practice.
  • For employees who will be working from home, please encourage them to take the time to check home fire safety arrangements, and ensure that smoke alarms are fitted, tested and are working correctly.
We want to reassure the public that we are currently at full working capacity for our front-line operational response, which means that all our Fire Stations, across our entire Service area, are working as normal and there is no affect on our availability or response times.
 
However, in order to achieve this, we have had to scale back some of our proactive work, such as Home Safety Checks and Business Fire Safety Audits. Therefore, we urge you to keep an eye on our social media channels for the most up to date safety advice, or alternatively, please visit the Your Safety​ section of our site.
In their message to the UK last night, the Government has outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
The new guidance says people should now only leave their homes for one of four reasons:
  • ​Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home.
You are all urged to follow the Government’s guidelines, for your own health and wellbeing but also for that of your friends, families, neighbours and communities. It’s imperative now, more than ever, that we all play our part to help fight the spread of Coronavirus.​

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service would like to reassure our communities following the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

The Service is closely monitoring all guidance and advice issued by the UK Government and Public Health Wales in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Service has set up a Critical Incident Team, which is meeting on a daily basis to ensure that we are in the best possible position to evaluate all the information being forwarded.

The continued effective functioning of the Service and the welfare of front-line operational and support staff is a priority and the Service, consistent with Welsh Government advice, has moved to the Delay phase.

As a result, we are now prioritising our front-line operational response capability, and scaling back some non-statutory services. Those who are affected by this will be contacted shortly to ensure that, where possible, suitable alternative work is found.

We want to reassure you that in an emergency, should you need the Fire and Rescue Service we will still respond immediately.

We would also like to remind the public to ensure they follow all guidance issued by the UK Government and Public Health Wales in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure that they take all the necessary home safety advice available on our website.

Thank you all for your understanding and continued support during these unprecedented challenging uncertainties

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