Snow problem for fire fighters as they help out with community meals deliveries

PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 January 2013

Firefighters Abigail Hampton and Paul Neilson, pictured with John Gardner from community meals

Firefighters Abigail Hampton and Paul Neilson, pictured with John Gardner from community meals

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FIREfighters in Royston have been ensuring vulnerable people receive their hot meals despite the inclement weather.

Crews from Royston Fire Station have been assisting the Hertfordshire Community Meals service in making deliveries to people whose homes were difficult to access due to the snow and ice.

A 4x4 vehicle is based at the station, and this has been used to make deliveries to numerous addresses in Royston, as well as places as far afield as Wallington and Buckland.

Station commander Les Jones said: “All of Royston’s firefighters live and work in the community they serve and are always ready to help keep the community safe.

“Inclement weather presents unique challenges for us as an emergency service and the dedication of the team ensures that these challenges are always met.”

Firefighters Abigail Hampton and Paul Neilson have been leading the deliveries, having both taken part in 4x4 training courses.

Watch commander Peter Chapman said: “Royston is a true community fire station and the firefighters were pleased and proud to be able to have helped in this way. We are here to help and protect our community throughout the year and recognise the need to go the extra mile in challenging times.”

Hertfordshire Community Meals is a not-for-profit social enterprise scheme, and has received help from fire crews across the county during the cold snap.

Cllr Richard Thake, Hertfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “Hertfordshire Community Meals do a great job but when it’s snowing it can be hard for them to reach isolated residents who don’t live on salting routes.

“I’m glad to hear that the plan worked so well and that all the meals were delivered.”

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