Harrow Borough Commander, London Fire Brigade
"I am extremely proud of the work my firefighters do to ensure the vibrant and diverse community of Harrow remains safe during these unprecedented times.
"I want to reassure you that London Fire Brigade continues to provide a full emergency fire and rescue service response. Our priorities at this stage are to do all we can to stop the spread of this virus, to protect the public and our staff and to safeguard our resilience.
"We have contingency plans in place which are constantly being monitored and we’re confident that we can maintain a good level of service to London despite the challenges Covid-19 presents.
"Firefighters have been asked to sign up for a system of pre-arranged overtime to cover any shifts where their colleagues are unwell or are self-isolating and more than 1,700 have already done so. Some activities have temporarily ceased to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus and safeguard our operational response capability for however long we are in this situation.
"For the time being we have suspended home fire safety visits (except in exceptional circumstances), fire cadets and community access to fire stations. We have cancelled all but essential training and are asking firefighters to work on their days off.
"Other critical functions such as the control room and fire safety inspections continue.
"We are following the advice from Government and Public Health England and will do all we can to share important safety messages.
"Please do take a look at the new area of our website that we have created with advice on staying safe from fire when you’re spending more time at home, a checklist for people looking after vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours and the latest news on how we’re keeping Londoners safe."
Read more about the London Fire Brigade at https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/safety/coronavirus/