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Norfolk County Council-Fire Service’s Cardiac Arrest Pilot scheme already having an impact: success story in Sheringham

Fire Service’s Cardiac Arrest Pilot scheme already having an impact: success story in Sheringham


A week into the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s pilot scheme to assist the ambulance service with life support, and a life-saving incident has already been achieved.  Last Friday evening (22 July) the ambulance service was called to an incident in Beeston Regis where a 75 year-old man collapsed in public. Two ambulances were deployed with police and the fire service alerted.

First on the scene within seven minutes was a team of six firefighters from Sheringham along with volunteer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CFR) responders from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST).

In Norfolk, ten stations are taking part in the pilot to support the East of England Ambulance Service Trust. 

At incidents where a patient is not breathing and their heart has stopped beating, the fire service is being deployed as community first responders at the same time as EEAST. Firefighters are already trained in basic life support and are equipped with defibrillators.

Paul Seaman, Project Lead for Norfolk said: “To see such positive news in the first week of the Co-responding Pilot is testament to the hard work of all the emergency services. This is real proof that a multi agency response to the most serious emergencies can reap benefits. I’m sure we will continue to see positive benefits to the people that live or visit Norfolk

Norfolk has adopted the co-responding initiative at stations in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford.

Norfolk County Council’s chairman of communities, Margaret Dewsbury said: “I am delighted that we already have an example of effective partnership working, generating a life-saving outcome. I am sure this will be the first of many success stories for Norfolk’s emergency services.”

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