NORTHUMBERLAND’S emergency services have moved to reassure the public in the coronavirus outbreak.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has implemented new procedures following advice from the government and other bodies.

A spokeswoman said: “Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has implemented the following procedures in order to delay the Covid-19 spread throughout the workforce and maintain operational response.

“We will maintain emergency response and continue to prepare, train and exercise against foreseeable risk with a focus on core competencies.

“We will adopt a risk-based approach to protection, home safety checks and safe and well visits.”

Northumbria Police declined to comment on the virus, but the National Police Chiefs Council said the police were in a good position to support the UK’s response to the outbreak.

National Police Chiefs Council lead for civil contingencies, Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton, said: “If required, we have tried-and-tested plans that ensure continuity of policing during times of capacity issues or increased demand.

“I’m confident the police service is in a strong position to support the UK’s response to Covid-19. While we are not anticipating a worst-case scenario, we are preparing for it.”

Northumbria Police was contacted for comment.