One year on: Ambulance and fire services celebrate community scheme

Date: 09 May 2017

Essex co-responding scheme

A lot can happen in a year, and the lifesaving partnership between us and our fire colleagues in Essex is no exception to the saying responding to more than 200 calls since the launch.

Today (May 9th) marks the first anniversary of the collaborative scheme, the first of its kind in our region. It involves fire crews being sent to cardiac arrest calls in response cars and is currently being piloted in Ongar, Newport, Coggeshall, Basildon, Colchester, and Frinton.

The landmark achievement both in time and incidents responses has been commended by our bosses as well as the fire service.

Co-responding Regional Lead Wendy Risdale-Barrs said: “The latest figures are a testament to the excellent blue light collaborative work in Essex, and long may it continue. I would like to thank everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.

“This partnership highlights our willingness to look after the people of Essex; we welcome more collaborative work in the future.”

Firefighters are already trained in basic life support and are equipped with defibrillators with the Trust supporting training for fire fighters should it be required.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: “The co-responding scheme has proven to be a great success over the past year. We have attended hundreds of incidents with EEAST and helped give life-saving care.”

  • Summary:

    A lot can happen in a year, and the lifesaving partnership between us and our fire colleagues in Essex is no exception to the saying responding to more than 200 calls since the launch.