As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (15th to 21st May), staff from across AF&RS have worked with Bath and Bristol Mind to raise awareness of mental health and encourage those who need support to reach out. To commemorate the week, AF&RS have today wrapped fire engines for mental health awareness.

Speaking before the wrapping of the fire engines, a spokesperson for AF&RS, said: "Two of our fire engines will be wrapped with artwork sharing the message “we are all powerful, strong and resilient but sometimes we struggle.” The message aims to show that although you can appear one way on the outside – professionally or in your personal life – you might not feel the same way inside."

AF&RS commitment:

AF&RS provides emergency and protection services to the communities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

We are committed to providing a safer place for people to live, work and visit across an area of 134,753 hectares and a population of over one million.

While firefighting has traditionally been at the forefront of our work, the role of a modern fire and rescue service has increased to cover the core functions of 'preventing', 'protecting' and 'responding'.

A lot of our work now focuses on how we can prevent accidents and emergencies happening in the first place, as we believe this is the best way to protect our communities. We do this by providing advice and education through events, visits, campaigns and partnership working.