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Fire Base for New Community Responder

Kidsgrove Fire Station is to be home to a new Community Responder Vehicle from this Saturday



              

"We’re delighted to support St John Ambulance by housing the vehicle at Kidsgrove Station and this agreement will continue when the brand new community fire station opens next year"

Area Commander for Newcastle, Becci Bryant

The vehicle, funded by Kidsgrove Rotary Club and Staffordshire Community Fund, will be crewed by St Johns Ambulance volunteers in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service. St John Ambulance volunteers have received advanced training by West Midlands Ambulance Service and will be able to provide the vital link of life support until the arrival of an ambulance.

A dedication ceremony this Saturday, at Kidsgrove Fire Station, will celebrate the launch of the new vehicle. The ceremony will be attended by the Chaplin and Commander of St John Ambulance along with representatives from Kidsgrove Rotary Club, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Area Commander for Newcastle, Becci Bryant said: "We’re delighted to support St John Ambulance by housing the vehicle at Kidsgrove Station and this agreement will continue when the brand new community fire station opens next year. Having the vehicle housed at the fire station will allow us to work together, both in training exercises and in real life emergencies."

President of The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove, Ralph Rhodes commented: "We first initiated this project 12 months ago so to now see the vehicle ready to respond is very rewarding. This vehicle will benefit the whole of the Kidsgrove community and we’d like to thank all those people who have supported us on our quest to get a dedicated Community Response Vehicle into the area."

Mrs Maureen Upton Commander of St John Ambulance in Staffordshire added "In the Service of Mankind’ is St John’s motto and this Service of Dedication for this vehicle marks the start of a potentially life saving service. We are delighted that so many of the various organisations involved in putting the scheme together will be joining St John Ambulance members to mark this special occasion."

West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager, Duncan Parsonage, said: "This new response car and CFR group is great news for the Kidsgrove community. These volunteers will help reach those people, suffering from medical emergencies prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

"In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability. All CFR groups within the Region are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service and maybe requested to attend to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, chest pain, bleeds, diabetic emergencies, strokes, falls and breathing problems."

For information about becoming a Community First Responder at Kidsgrove email Pat Hancock: pat.hancock80@gmail.com.