How you can you help the am­bu­lance ser­vice

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Trim the hedges, make sure your house num­ber is vis­i­ble from the road and con­sider ex­tra out­side light­ing so that when min­utes mat­ter, Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance can reach you quickly and safely.

The am­bu­lance ser­vice re­sponded to 2515 call­outs on the Kapiti Coast and in Porirua dur­ing the past 12 months.

That’s an aver­age of 48 each week.

Ser­vice de­liv­ery man­ager Rob Ives said there were things ev­ery­one could do to as­sist paramedics.

‘‘You hope you never have to make the call, but just like hav­ing an earth­quake kit or in­stalling smoke alarms, you need to be ready when you have to dial 111,’’ he said.

‘‘ The Kapiti Coast re­gion in­cludes a large ru­ral area, which means dark coun­try roads, long drive­ways and the use of lo­cal names for lo­ca­tions, along­side of­fi­cial names.

‘‘If your mates or trades­peo­ple have trou­ble find­ing your prop­erty, you prob­a­bly need to think about how you can make things eas­ier for all vis­i­tors who may need to lo­cate you.’’

Mr Ives said Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance paramedics and the 111 op­er­a­tors who di­rect them were very ex­pe­ri­enced at lo­cat­ing pa­tients and properties, and used the most so­phis­ti­cated map­ping sys­tems avail­able.

‘‘We will find you. But there are things you can do to make our job eas­ier when time is pre­cious and we need to get to you quickly.

‘‘For ru­ral prop­erty own­ers, that means con­sid­er­ing light­ing on drive­ways, know­ing your RAPID num­ber and dis­play­ing it on your gate so we can eas­ily read it from the road.

‘‘It’s also a good idea to keep any an­i­mals clear of the drive- way up to your house.’’

He said ev­ery­body, no mat­ter where they lived, should en­sure their hedges were trimmed, the path to their house was free of moss or any­thing that could cause some­one to slip and any ex­tra ob­sta­cles were re­moved.

‘‘Turn the lights on so we can see where we’re go­ing at night. It’s pretty sim­ple stuff, but there are a few small things that will help us help you.

‘‘If you only do one thing, make sure there is some­one out­side the prop­erty to wave out or di­rect the paramedics.

‘‘It’ll speed things up and you can let us know about any stairs we’ll need to ne­go­ti­ate, ex­actly where the pa­tient is and how we can ac­cess the house.’’

Photo: PIERS FULLER

Help needed: Welling­ton Free Am­bu­lance is a great ser­vice, but there are ways you can help im­prove it.

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