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 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:
Any businesses that can help with the supply of PPE are asked to e-mail COVIDdonations@avonandsomerset.police.uk