1. ITV Report

Avon Fire and Rescue appealing for local businesses to donate Personal Protective Equipment for frontline workers

The service says the appeal is a temporary measure until pressure eases off supply chains.

A West Country fire service has issued an appeal for businesses to donate Personal Protective Equipment for use by frontline staff.

Avon Fire and Rescue put out the plea as stocks of PPE across the country dwindle, leaving key workers unprotected against the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement the council said there are concerns over essential staff not having the protection they need.

In a statement the service said there is a huge strain on PPE supplies for the emergency services, and that more was needed in order for them to continue essential frontline work.

Among the kit requested is gloves, aprons and hand sanitiser.

The service has said the appeal is purely a short-term measure, until pressure is lifted from supply chains nationally.

  • Full statement from Pat Flaherty, Chief Executive of Somerset County Council:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to help protect our frontline workers, allowing them to continue delivering critical services in the community, whilst also limiting the spread of this disease.

We are aware that national supply chains are under significant pressure and that every effort is being made to fix the problem, however, we are very concerned that some of our critical services do not have the supplies they need.

As we continue to escalate this urgent issue to Government through all available channels, we are attempting to source our own supplies locally so that we can continue to deliver critical services. As a short-term measure, we are asking local businesses for any support that they can provide with supplies of PPE.

If any are able to help, we would urge them to get in touch.

– Pat Flaherty

Any businesses that can help with the supply of PPE are asked to e-mail