An exercise in Lincolnshire which could see firemen taking patients to hospital has been boosted with a Government grant of almost £500,000.
Plans by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue to share resources with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) have found favour with Local Government ministers who have awarded both organisations £491,000.
The money is from a £6.9 million cash pot for local authorities that cut their budgets by changing the way they deliver services by sharing resources, combining operations and working jointly with private sector firms.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and EMAS plan to use the cash for a pilot scheme over the next 12 months where firemen respond to medical call-outs in ambulance-type vehicles and take patients to hospital.
Bourne county councillor Sue Woolley said: “We’ve been working on this proposal for quite some time so I’m delighted we’ve now been awarded the funding from the Government’s Transformation Challenge Award to take this pilot forward.
“As we live in a rural county, I believe this scheme really will make a difference.”