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Life saving partnership between ambulance and firefighters extended

A life-saving partnership between ambulance staff and firefighters will be extended with the launch of new co-responding schemes in the East of England.

Over the last few months, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been working with six fire and rescue services on a pilot that will involve firefighters attending cardiac arrests. Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire have gone live and here in Norfolk we hope to go live some time in June.

Norfolk's pilot will involve the largest number of stations in the region and include the following areas:

  • Norwich
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Kings Lynn
  • Sheringham
  • North Walsham
  • Thetford

 

Fire engines will be sent alongside ambulance staff and on some occasions may arrive first which means Basic Life saving interventions can start earlier. All front line Fire engines in the County already carry Automatic Defibrillators and other basic life support equipment.

Paul Seaman Project lead for Norfolk Fire & Rescue service said: “This is an exciting new area of work for the Service and much time and planning has gone into providing a sound platform to start the Co-Responding Pilot. This has real potential to save lives in the county by using existing staff and their skills to provide life saving interventions. The service has worked closely with the EEAST for a number of years and this project will only serve to strengthen the bonds already achieved. We will measure the success of the pilot both locally and regionally so that a best practice model can be embedded for the future.”

 

 

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