The hybrid Kia Sportage will provide transport for the five Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who are based in the community whenever they are providing emergency cover and has been introduced as part of plans to create a new sustainable model for emergency care for the rural community.
It carries similar life-saving equipment to our standard emergency response vehicles (including a defibrillator, oxygen therapy and pain-relieving gas), as well as the addition of warming blankets.
Gene Quinn, Head of Operations for Cumbria and Lancashire, said, “We understand the issue of emergency care provision has been an emotive one for the local community, and I am delighted to get to the point of trialling this solution.
“To achieve this, we have been working closely with the community, NHS and local political representatives, as well as the specially established Alston Working Group, holding meetings with extensive discussions. I want to thank all involved in the efforts to bring this project to fruition, particularly those who attended the meetings and ensured that local voices were heard.”
“I am confident that it’ll meet the needs of the community and also has a sustainable future with their ongoing support.
“Meanwhile, we are continuing to recruit local community first responder (CFR) volunteers in the area, and I urge anyone interested to get in touch”.
More information on CFRs is available at in the link here