Co-responder Scheme

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Does your force operate a co-responder scheme with any ambulance service? For avoidance of doubt, I am referring to when firefighters are sent to assist medical patients, such as those in cardiac arrest? Please state what your co-responder scheme is and who it is operated with. How many times in each of the past five years, or since the scheme was introduced, has a fire engine been sent out as a co-responder. For each of the past five years, please also state the fire incident response times.

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Does your force operate a co-responder scheme with any ambulance service?  For avoidance of doubt, I am referring to when firefighters are sent to assist medical patients, such as those in cardiac arrest?

 

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service do operate a co-responder scheme in collaboration with North West Ambulance Service.  The Service also took part in a cardiac response pilot between July 2016 and July 2017 when firefighters responded to cardiac arrest incidents within four station areas in Cheshire.

 

Please state what your co-responder scheme is and who it is operated with.

 

The co-responder scheme, which is outside of the cardiac response pilot, is operated by on-call firefighters working at Nantwich Community Fire Station who respond in a dedicated vehicle to medical emergencies in partnership with North West Ambulance Service.

 

The cardiac response pilot was operated with both wholetime and on-call firefighters who responded to cardiac arrests in fire engines.  

 

How many times in each of the past five years, or since the scheme was introduced, has a fire engine been sent out as a co-responder. 

 

The Nantwich co-responder scheme has been in operation since 1 September 2009 and does not use a fire engine to respond.  The station operate a dedicated vehicle when staffed by on-call firefighters who have the required skills.

 

The Cardiac Response pilot operated between July 2016 to July 2017 included fire crews from Warrington, Crewe, Frodsham and Holmes Chapel, who responded to cardiac arrests in a fire engine in collaboration with North West Ambulance Service.  During the cardiac response pilot period fire engines attended 56 incidents across all four station areas.

 

For each of the past five years, please also state the fire incident response times. 

 

The average response time for a fire engine during the cardiac response pilot period was 6 minutes 12 seconds.

 

North West Ambulance Service collect all of the data for the Nantwich co-responder scheme.

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