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A Christmas message from our Fire service: Hopeful for 2022 after a 'challenging' 2021

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue services reflect on a challenging year gone by as they look forward to 2022:

As another year draws to a close, we reflect on the year that has passed. 

If we cast our minds back to the start of the year, we were at the start of a second full lockdown, that, being in winter, was definitely gloomier than the first. 

Covid cases were rising steeply, parents were juggling home schooling and work again, those living alone became more isolated than during the first lockdown. 

As a fire service, we were still as committed as ever to keeping communities safe, and responding to whatever incidents came our way and supporting our partner agencies. 

We’ve responded to all kinds of incidents in and around Peterborough, from building and outdoor fires, to road traffic collisions and helping people who got into difficulty in water. We’ve also responded to incidents involving animals and pets, most memorable being a 10ft long python that was rescued in the summer. 

We offered our support to our health partners and assisted with the country’s biggest ever vaccination programme. We helped our NHS colleagues get vaccination centres ready and then many of our staff volunteered to help at them. 

Spring passed, summer came, things started opening up and we started engaging with our communities and each other again.  

Our firefighters at Stanground got to work organising charity car washes, and the community came out to support in their droves, raising thousands for The Fire Fighters Charity. 

A heavy downpour in July challenged our Combined Fire Control operators and firefighters as Peterborough’s main parkway became a river, and many residents and motorists were affected by the deluge of rain. And while firefighters were out helping in the local area, their own fire station was flooded. 

Autumn came and our community safety work took great strides forward again with the return of our Fire Break intervention course for young people and Biker Down promoting safer motorcycling and emergency first aid, as well as visits to local schools again. 

Despite the challenges we have faced, the year ended on a high with the announcement of our HMICFRS Inspection report in which we were again awarded three ‘Goods’ for efficiency, effectiveness and how we look after our people – putting us among the best fire and rescue services in the country.  

Every one of our colleagues has worked incredibly hard over the last couple of years, committed to continually looking to improve every aspect of our Service. 

We go into 2022 hopeful for the year ahead. We will continue to keep people safe, respond to incidents and do all we can to prevent emergencies happening to local residents and businesses. 

We encourage people to look out for one another, and know that we will be here if you need us. 

We wish everyone a happy festive period and share our best wishes for the new year.