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New wheels for first responders

Brackley First Responder Adam Jeskins with the group's new response car, given to them by East Midlands Ambulance Service. PNL-140429-162622001

Brackley First Responder Adam Jeskins with the group's new response car, given to them by East Midlands Ambulance Service. PNL-140429-162622001

A new response car has been given to Brackley Community First Responders (CFR) by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Volunteer responders will no longer have to use their own vehicles to get to 999 calls and the car means handing equipment over will be much simpler.

The car given to the Brackley CFRs is one of seven introduced across the EMAS area.

CFRs are members of the public who volunteer their own time to respond to emergency 999 calls in their surrounding area. By living so close to the people that need help they are able to arrive within minutes of the call being made and can treat patients whilst paramedics travel to the scene.

Mick Barnett-Connolly, head of community response said: “The cars are Skoda Fabia’s and in addition to the medical kit that’s carried, they have been fitted with new communications equipment including a two-way radio, telephone, hands-free kit and satellite navigation system all of which will streamline the response process meaning our volunteers can respond in their communities quicker.

“The vehicles we’ve selected are reliable, economical and have low carbon emissions so are ideally suited to the job. They will enable volunteers to travel to incidents in a marked and fully equipped car.

“The investment demonstrates a firm commitment to our CFR schemes and shows the hard work of our volunteers is highly valued.”

 

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