Cheshire Fire Collaboration

Cheshire Fire Service CollaborationFollowing successful collaborations with Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services, Cheshire firefighters are also on board with helping to deliver life-saving treatment to cardiac arrest patients.

Under the new scheme the fire and rescue service will be contacted when a suspected cardiac arrest is reported near to one of the response stations. The added advantage to despatching fire crews, is their advanced training and their ability to respond on blue lights, therefore arriving more quickly to a situation where literally every second can mean the difference between life and death. Fire crews will be despatched at the same time as an ambulance.

There will be no change to the system of assigning and sending ambulances and medical staff to emergencies. The scheme works in a similar way to our volunteer Community First Responder scheme, where trained members of the public are dispatched to life-threatening emergency calls within their local community.

Mark Cashin, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer said: “We have a clear vision of a Cheshire where there are no deaths or injuries from fires or other emergencies and so we are delighted to be embarking on this exciting partnership initiative. We understand that with cardiac arrests every second counts and that the training and location of our crews puts us in an ideal position to support our partners in the North West Ambulance Service to deliver this potentially lifesaving service.”

North West Ambulance Service, Director of Operations, Ged Blezard comments: “This is an extremely positive project and it’s great to work with CF&RS on a scheme that will contribute to saving lives in Cheshire.

“The chances of survival from cardiac arrest diminish rapidly with every passing second so the sooner someone can receive treatment, the greater their chances are of leading a full and healthy life afterwards. It doesn’t matter who gives that treatment – whether it is a member of the public, an ambulance crew or a fire crew so the more resources there are available to respond, the better for those who suffer this potentially devastating condition.

“Last year, the ambulance service responded to 1763 incidents in Cheshire where the patient had reported a cardiac arrest – sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, not everyone survives but everyone deserves that chance and this is what this scheme will give people.”