Covid-19: Royal visitor thanks Hampshire's emergency services

Covid-19: Royal visitor thanks Hampshire's emergency services

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:08pm 26th June 2020.

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Prince Edward has taken part in one of the county's Local Resilience Forum meetings to see how authorities are working together at this time.

The Earl of Wessex has been to Hampshire Fire and Rescue's HQ to find out more about the response to the pandemic.

He met some of the team, while keeping to social distancing, while other dialled in on video calls to get involved too.

Prince Edward Earl of Wessex at Hampshire Fire and Rescue June 2020
The Earl of Wessex spent time with members of Hampshire's Local Resilience Forum and control room operators

Prince Edward also spoke to those working in the Fire Control Room on site, which has remained staffed throughout Covid-19, to answer 999 calls from the public.

Chief Fire Officer Neil Odin, who also chairs Hampshire's Local Resilience Forum, said: 

"It was a great honour to be visited by The Earl of Wessex and explain what we have been doing at a local level.

"Staff from every organisation have been working hard to keep vital services running, in these challenging circumstances."

WHAT IS A LOCAL RESILIENCE FORUM?

That's a group made up of different organisations for a specific area, who work together to plan responses to major incidents and events.

They typically involve local councils, emergency services, health authorities, the armed forces and others.

During the meeting at Hampshire Fire and Rescue, the Earl of Wessex also met with representatives from Public Health, the NHS, and military personnel as well as firefighters.

In a tweet from the @RoyalFamily account they've said: 

"The Earl recognised the efforts of the team who have gone above and beyond, taking on roles outside their normal remit."

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