County firefighters take on extra responsibilities

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A SCHEME which will see firefighters support the ambulance service to provide emergency medical cover has been launched in Northamptonshire.

The county’s fire service has joined up with the East Midlands Ambulance Service on a corresponding scheme, which began on Friday (November 25).

The scheme will see firefighters volunteer to be called to certain types of medical emergencies such as heart attack.

On call firefighters register their mobile numbers and if an incident occurs within their location they can be alerted at the same time as the ambulance crew.

The firefighters can then provide treatment whilst the ambulance crew travels to the scene.

Fighfighters taking part will receive advanced training from the ambulance service and vehicles will be equipped with first aid equipment.

The scheme has been shortlisted in the first ever St John Ambulance First Aid Awards.

Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “This is an example of seeing skills and resources shared to enhance the service being offered to people in the county.”