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Firefighters in the North Cotswolds responding to medical emergencies

Published
14.09.2016

Due to the 10-year success of co-responding in rural parts of the County, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) has expanded the scheme to the North Cotswolds.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue has been delivering co-responding services to communities in Gloucestershire for over a decade. In January, expansion of the service was agreed with South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) to cover the remote areas of the North Cotswolds. Chipping Campden, Fairford, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold and now Moreton-in-Marsh on-call firefighters are responding to critical incidents using an emergency vehicle and medical equipment provided by SWAST. This life-saving response will make a real difference for the local community of the North Cotswolds.

To celebrate the success of the scheme and recognise the skill and commitment from on-call firefighters, Moreton-in-Marsh Community Fire Station is hosting a co-responder launch evening.

Nigel Moor, county councillor for Stow and lead cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure will join the Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar to the event along with Kevin Dickens from South West Ambulance Foundation Trust (SWASFT).

Responding to cardiac arrest and other high priority medical emergencies as quickly as possible is essential and in some cases GFRS is closer to the location of the victim and can get there before an ambulance to provide life saving intervention.

Chief Fire Officer & Operations Director for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Stewart Edgar said: "This is a great example of closer collaboration between emergency services which will lead to lives being saved.

"The scheme is well established in other parts of the County and expanding to the North Cotswolds is great news for the local community."

Cllr Nigel Moor, Lead Cabinet Member for Fire, Planning and Infrastructure, said: "Co-responding is a great example of partnership working with South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) where firefighters in the North Cotswolds will provide a life-saving response".

The launch event takes place this evening at Moreton-In-Marsh Community Fire Station.

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