At the start of the pandemic in early 2020, a small number of senior civil servants and gold commanders saw the need to set up a dedicated group to consider the wide-ranging impacts of Covid-19 across society, and so the C19 National Foresight Group was established.
This was a cross-government and multi-agency group set up to consider the longer-term impacts of Covid-19 so that it was informed by evidence and rooted in practical strategy. Although now decommissioned, the group’s outputs and products are highly relevant to the fire and rescue services in the UK.
The work undertaken by the group includes a series of roundtable discussions with practitioners involved in the Covid-19 response, three rapid Interim Operational Reviews conducted in March, June and September 2020 with representation from across the resilience and emergency management community and a series of standalone products.
Here we highlight the elements of our work that are of most interest to fire and rescue services.