Firefighters and paramedics in Norfolk will be working together from this month (July), with the fire service joining up with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) and being sent to incidents where patients aren't breathing and their hearts have stopped.
According to the Lynn News, this partnership is now the largest of its kind in the region, with firefighters from Sheringham, Thetford, Norwich, King's Lynn, Gorleston and Yarmouth all taking part. They have already received training in basic life support and now come equipped with defibrillators.
"This project has the real potential to save lives in the county by using existing staff and their skills to provide lifesaving interventions," Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's Project Leader Paul Seaman was quoted as saying.
Carl Smith, EEAST's Quality Development Team Officer, added that this kind of co-response initiative can improve the ambulance service's ability to respond to emergencies quickly and begin basic life support. He continued, saying that the quicker somebody starts CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and has access to a defibrillator when a person is in cardiac arrest the better the patient’s chances of survival.
Whether you need a defibrillator at work will depend on numerous factors, such as the age of your workforce, the nature of the work undertaken, the level of risk appropriate to your organisation and the number of people who pass through your site on a daily basis.
This could encourage businesses to focus increasingly on health and safety, setting up their own emergency response procedures. If you need help where health and safety training is concerned, get in touch with us at HFR Solutions CIC to see how we can help you today.