Specialist training to help firefighters deliver life-saving care

Date: 01 May 2020

Working With Beds Fire

Firefighters in Bedfordshire are now able to provide life-saving care to patients in cardiac arrest after receiving specialist training from the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).

A total of 18 staff from Leighton Buzzard Fire Station and eight from Harrold are now able to respond to calls in the town and surrounding area and deliver early CPR and defibrillation until colleagues from EEAST arrive. The initiative aims to ensure patients receive life-saving care as quickly as possible, in turn improving their chance of making a good recovery.

The fire service will respond under blue lights and in full PPE, in line with EEAST guidelines. It comes after 19 firefighters from Bedfordshire joined the Trust to drive ambulances during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tom Barker, Community Response Manager for Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and west Essex, said: “We would like to say a thank you to all colleagues across Bedfordshire as you continue to provide outstanding patient care while also pulling together and working as a team during this unprecedented time.

“We’ve been hearing lots of positive feedback and all of this hard work is not going unnoticed. We would also like to thank our staff for making our colleagues from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service welcome on our stations.

“We are delighted to be continuing our joint working relationship with the fire service and are very grateful that they are stepping forward to offer us this support.”

Staff from other stations across Bedfordshire will be trained in the coming weeks.

  • Summary:

    Firefighters in Bedfordshire are now able to provide life-saving care to patients in cardiac arrest after receiving specialist training from the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).