Central England Co-op has announced it will offer supplies of fuel for emergency workers at their petrol stations to support vital community services.
The move has been made in response to the exceptional demand for fuel currently being felt across the country.
The news comes as shoppers have been urged not to panic-buy fuel and goods as the shortage of lorry drivers hit supplies.
“Although the situation continues to improve, we feel right now it is absolutely vital that valued Blue Light workers in our communities get the fuel they need,” Central England Co-op chief operations officer Paul Dennis said.
“So, wherever possible, we are giving priority to emergency workers to make sure they can stay on the road and continue with their essential work.”
Outlets where fuel is being held for emergency workers will be signposted by posters on-site as supplies become available,
The business added that it hopes that all petrol stations run by Central England Co-op will be able to extend this offer of help as soon as possible.