Saturday, 21 July 2018

Retained firefighters set to become first responders as well

FIREFIGHTERS in Henley could be trained as first responders for medical emergencies.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is in negotiations with South Central Ambulance Service about the necessary training. There is a currently a shortage of responders, who are often the first people to treat a patient such as a heart attack victim.

Henley fire station is manned by retained firefighters who work part-time and have another main job during the day but are on call.

John Nixon, Oxfordshire’s area fire risk manager, stressed that the firefighters would not be taking over the role of the ambulance service.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley town council’s town and community committee, he said: “We have been in negotiations with the ambulance service to see if we could respond to a ‘red call’ as currently a third of our work requires us to be the first people on scene.

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