Saving lives is the driving force behind a new pilot partnership between The Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Pocklington Fire Station, aimed at getting emergency treatments to casualties quicker.
As part of the Medical First Response Scheme, the first of its kind in Yorkshire, the team at Pocklington Fire Station have received specialist training in how to deal with cardiac incidents.
The crew have spent several months learning CPR and how to use equipment such as defibrillators so they can issue emergency treatments at the scene if an ambulance has not yet arrived.
The partnership is not designed to replace the ambulance service in emergencies, who will still automatically be dispatched to serious incidents, but to add an extra layer of support.
Dave Bristoe, station manager at Pocklington Fire Station, said: “This partnership is all about improving patient outcomes and increasing their chances of survival.
“Ambulance teams aim to get to the scene within 8 minutes, which can be challenging and in some cases we can probably be there quicker. Fire crews already get intense trauma training so this is really enhancing our role as a service.”
The scheme has proved to be a success in other parts of the country and the fire team in Pocklington, who have been issued with lifesaving equipment and a rapid emergency response vehicle, are hoping for similar successes in our area.
Mark Inman, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Head of Operations for Hull and the East Riding, said: “Early CPR can make a huge difference to patient outcomes, it can be the difference between life and death.
“We have an ambulance on standby 24 hours a day for Pocklington but this extra support from the fire service is great for us and for increasing patient survivability.”
The Medical First Response Pilot Scheme is set to go live within the next couple of weeks and will initially last for six months. Both the fire and ambulance service are positive it could make a real difference in Pocklington.