FIREFIGHTERS are playing a bigger role when it comes to going out to medical emergencies.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s co-responders work in partnership with South Central Ambulance Service (Scas). The scheme sees retained firefighters from 19 retained station respond to medical emergencies.
This includes a person going into cardiac arrest.
The fire service said it has seen an increase in co-responding calls. It went to about 10,000 in Hampshire last year, and is keen to extend the service.
In 2011-12, Emsworth went to 184 medical callouts, but in 2013-14, this rose to 323.
Horndean has gone from 701 calls in 2011-12, to 819 in 2012-13, to 718 calls in 2013-14.
Petersfield has gone from 283, in 2011-12, to 335, in 2013-14.
And Portchester, which only started last year, had 466 callouts in the first 12 months. The biggest rise has been in Wickham, which had 345 calls in 2011-12 and 723 in 2013-14.
Sue Byrne, chief operating officer for Scas, said: ‘We are proud of the service.
‘It provides medical help much more quickly than we can in some cases.’