Firefighters from West Yorkshire could be asked to drive ambulances and deliver food and medical supplies during the coronavirus crisis.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said any such tasks would not interfere with normal firefighting duties and firefighters would be given appropriate training where necessary.

Chief fire officer John Roberts said: “It’s part of a firefighter's DNA to provide help during difficult times, so we are pleased to support this way of working together with our fellow emergency services.

“We are already working at the heart of our local communities, and trained in things like driving emergency vehicles and responding to critical situations so we are well placed to deliver these additional tasks to help protect the most vulnerable."