County council staff working over festive season to help Hertfordshire residents

Published: 19 Dec 2017

While many are tucking into their turkeys, there are lots of people still at work providing essential services for Hertfordshire residents.

Hertfordshire County Council workers are among the thousands of people in the county working across the festive season to make sure residents are kept safe and are able to access the services they need.

From firefighters and gritter drivers to social workers and community care officers, Hertfordshire County Council staff will be working over Christmas to help others.

Mark Andrews is one such person who will spend his Christmas helping other people and preparing to respond to emergency incidents.

Mark is a firefighter at Hertford Fire Station, and will be doing routine checks and tasks, be fitting smoke alarms if needed and also respond to incidents as required on Christmas day.

But Mark, who will be working from 9am – 6pm on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, is happy to be working over the holiday period. He said:

“It’s really important we are here to provide a quick response to members of the public if they need it over the Christmas period.”

“Hopefully Christmas passes without any incidents and everyone’s safe and enjoys the festive period.”

Also working over the festive season is Hertfordshire County Council Driver Attendant Tony Kundi, who will provide transport to Quantum Care’s Anson Court Day Service for older people on Boxing Day.

He said: “Our services are important because the elderly can become quite lonely at Christmas and may not leave their home, so we take them out for the day and allow them to be with someone and get out of the house for a while.”

David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We are immensely grateful to all our workers and the other residents of Hertfordshire who are prepared to sacrifice their family time to help others in the county.

“I would like to wish all our residents a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”