Long Sutton firefighters are even more equipped to tackle emergencies and save lives after taking delivery of a brand new ambulance in the town.
A life-saving partnership between Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has been strengthened with a fully-equipped vehicle to deliver first aid, oxygen therapy and cardiac arrest treatment with two defibrillators on board.
The ambulance is based at Long Sutton Fire Station from where crews have responded to nearly 440 callouts since the £491,000, Government-funded joint pilot scheme with EMAS and LIVES First Responders was launched last September.
Richard King, watch manager at Long Sutton Fire Station, said: “The project has been really good for our personnel because, previously, we were waiting with our patients for a long time before being relieved by the paramedics taking over from us.
“But the paramedics were waiting for an ambulance themselves whereas now, if the patient needs to go to hospital, we can facilitate that and for us, we’ve been given the skills to look after them before a paramedic arrives.”
The year-long partnership, called the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project, involves Long Sutton, Stamford and Woodhall Spa Fire Station whose crews have responded to a total of 765 callouts between September 17 2014 and July 5 2015.
Of these, 187 have resulted in patients being taken to hospital of which nearly 100 of these have involved firefighters from Long Sutton.
Long Sutton district councillors Laura Eldridge and Jack Tyrrell said: “Having an ambulance at the fire station makes perfect sense and it’s nice to have such a professional team prepared to put their time and effort into it.”
Meanwhile, Coun Sue Woolley, Lincolnshire County Council member for Bourne Abbey and executive member for NHS liaison and community engagement, added: “This has been a ground-breaking project which has, without doubt, enabled us to save lives and by all organisations and partners working together, we can ensure we deliver best services for residents across the county.”