06 March 2015 - #Team999 hits the road in Cumbria

Cumbrian residents were invited to meet local lifesavers and learn about what goes on behind the scenes of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) as part of its new public education initiative, #Team999.


Team 999 in Carlisle


On Thursday 5 March, representatives from NWAS were stationed on English Street in Carlisle to help educate the public about the service and the different roles within it. The #Team999 campaign aims to show that calling 999 does not necessarily result in an ambulance being sent or a trip to hospital and that there are various care options available.


A range of interactive activities took place throughout the day, including how to use a defibrillator and do CPR, a demonstration of crews dealing with a patient who had fallen from height and the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles.


Head of Cumbria’s emergency ambulance service, Peter Mulcahy said: “It was great to see the people of Cumbria taking the time to get to know these everyday heroes, find about the different roles they play and improve their knowledge of the service.


“This roadshow is a key part of our #Team999 campaign. The face to face element meant local residents were able to ask the questions they needed to, in order to really get a better understanding about when to call 999 and what to expect when they do.”


Following the event, NWAS posted details on Twitter of its emergencies in Cumbria for a day. Posts included details of calls from patients with chest pains, a man who ingested bleach, three suspected stroke patients and one with a nose bleed.


The #Team999 roadshow will be travelling around Cumbria throughout 2015.