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KFRS is flying the flag for community spirit

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23 April 2020

Firefighters are helping two young girls to spread a little positivity across their community by flying their homemade flag. 

Crews at Tunbridge Wells Fire Station were presented with the colourful rainbow flag by sisters Kitti, 12 and Iris, 10. The duo, with the help of their dad Rupert, came up with the ‘together apart’ message, with the use of three linked rainbows. 

Rupert said: “We created a flag to encourage social distancing and to celebrate how we can all still be together, even if we are apart from each other. 

“We think it’s a great way to support a good cause and send a really important message.”

The girls added: “We wanted everyone to be able to see our rainbow and to bring people some happiness, so we’re really excited to see it up outside the fire station.” 

The flag will be hoisted in time for tonight’s Clap for Carers at 8pm, in support of the NHS and other frontline workers. 

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Kent Fire and Rescue Service staff have been working to support those in need and partner organisations.  

Crews in parts of the county have been working in collaboration with councils, by collecting parcels of essential food and household items from community hubs, and delivering them to those in need. While others are delivering prescriptions to those who aren’t able to get to the chemist themselves.

And, it’s not just operational staff who have rallied round to lend a hand. Corporate fire service staff are also volunteering their time to help in the community. 

Our teams are continuing to work with Age UK to deliver hundreds of hot meals to people living in Faversham, Sittingbourne, Ashford, Hythe, Lyminge, Maidstone, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Snodland and Medway. 

Chris Colgan, Director of Operations at KFRS, said: “We have a great team of people who want to help and contribute in any way that they can. 

“Therefore, it is fantastic to see so many people from KFRS being able to support the Kent community in a variety of ways, and in some circumstances, outside of their usual day-to-day role within the service.” 

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