Guidance on face masks from the fire and rescue services to their staff working for EEAST

Surgical face mask

In response to the recently release test and trace guidance, this morning (31st May) Fire and Rescue services (FRS) have instructed that their crews are to wear surgical faces mask when on duty and driving or as a passenger in fire appliances.

This will apply to those colleagues from the FRS who are working with EEAST on our front-line vehicles and we can expect to see them wearing masks. They have been told to restock these from their local fire station but as stocks remain stable at EEAST, it is also fine if they restock from our supplies.

What does this mean for clinical staff?

Currently no decisions locally or nationally have been made around how specifically the test and trace guidance will apply to healthcare workers. PHE guidance for healthcare works as it stands remains unchanged. We are expecting to be able to update further and in detail over the course of the next week.

Until then there is no requirement for EEAST staff to wear a surgical mask while driving or being driven in the front of an ambulance. However as always, we are fully supportive of individuals making their own risk assessment and if they feel they wish to wear a surgical mask while in the front of an ambulance, then that is fine.

Published 31st May 2020

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