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Life Saving Partnership To Be Expanded

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine 2

8:22am 26th September 2014

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are expanding their life saving partnership with South West Ambulance.

The Co-Responder scheme sends medically trained firefighters to emergencies if they can get there before ambulance crews.

Their job then is to provide life saving treatment while they wait for paramedics to arrive.

Dorset Fire Authority has unanimously approved a move to continue and expand the partnership which could see fire stations in Dorchester and Weymouth come on board.

Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said: "I am very pleased that Fire Authority members have agreed to expand this partnership with South West Ambulance. The emphasis here really is on the word Co-Responder. The scheme does not involve firefighters attending incidents on behalf of the ambulance service, but in areas where we can reach a casualty and maintain life until a paramedic arrives. This really is a lifesaving partnership. DFRS staff are provided with extra skills which can be transferred to our own incidents, it also gives potential on-call firefighter recruits another way to serve their local community and make them safe."

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