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Andrew Percy MP praises joint working

16 May 2014

Sunshine and smiles in Snaith this afternoon as Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg, Goole and the Isle of Axholme, praised the launch of the county’s first Emergency First Responder (EFR) scheme. He summed up the positive words from both partners in this pioneering partnership by saying “It’s actually about how you save lives”.

Andrew Percy MP praises joint working

Local Ward Councillors Caroline Fox and John Barrett joined HFRS Emergency Responders and staff from Yorkshire Ambulance Service as the scheme was formally launched at Snaith Fire Station on Friday 16 May, 2014. The scheme was trialled at Pocklington Fire Station during 2013 and volunteer fire service staff have now received training at Market Weighton, Howden, Goole, Driffield, Brough and Snaith Fire Stations with additional locations planned for later in the year.

David Whiting, Chief Executive at YAS said: “We have a responsibility to ensure we explore every available option to improve clinical outcomes for people in Humberside and the East Riding and we are delighted to be working in partnership with HFRS on the launch of the county’s first Emergency First Responder scheme.

“We have a very clear ambition to improve the survival rate for those people who suffer from a cardiac arrest in the community. We want to have world class levels of survival from cardiac arrest and the launch of this initiative is one more important element in saving more lives.

“Humberside and the East Riding are already served by our award-winning Community First Responder teams who do a fantastic job as volunteers in their local areas. The addition of Emergency First Responders will further strengthen our response in these communities and the two models will work side-by-side to save more lives.

“We are also working with health partners, local MPs, Councillors and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to increase the number of public access defibrillators in the area and further improve cardiac arrest survival rates in the East Riding.”

Emergency First Responders are only available for dispatch when staffing levels at their Fire Station allow and the scheme will not impact fire cover.

Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders at HFRS said: “I am delighted that the trial at Pocklington was such a success and that the scheme will now be rolled out across more of our stations in the East Riding. Our fire fighters have received exceptional training from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and are looking forward to offering their assistance to patients through the scheme.

“The overriding aim of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is to protect our communities and reach and save those in danger who are in need of our help as quickly as possible. This joined-up approach can only enhance the service we provide and will improve patient outcomes across the East Riding.”

The scheme has been praised by Andrew Percy MP, who himself volunteers for YAS as a Community First Responder. Andrew commented: “I have worked closely with local NHS Trusts and others for some time now to look at ways to improve patient outcomes and response times. We have some great CFR schemes across the area, with hard working volunteers, and I hope that this will complement those schemes to ensure that we reach as many calls as possible as soon as possible.

“As an active Community First Responder myself, I know the value of these schemes and hopefully the linkup between Humberside Fire and Rescue and Yorkshire Ambulance Service will increase the hours responders are available and that could save lives.”

YAS Chief Executive, David Whiting, summed up the move by adding: “The demand placed upon blue light emergency services increases every year and our approaches to providing the best response and best patient outcomes available are continually evolving. By exploring innovative and alternative ways of working with all partners, together we can ensure our service remains responsive and safe and leads to more lives being saved.”