4x4’s rapid response boost to ambulance service
PATIENTS dialling 999 in the Chalfont area of the South Central Ambulance Service will soon be relying on a new dynamic response vehicle supplied by SsangYong Motor UK.
The Rexton 4x4 was presented recently to the Chalfont Community First Responders to provide a rapid response vehicle that can cope with the hilly geography of the area, especially in winter.
Chalfont Community First Responders are community volunteers who work with the South Central Ambulance Service, part of the NHS, and are trained to use lifesaving skills to provide early and often vital intervention for patients suffering life-threatening emergencies.
Once an ambulance crew arrives at the scene, the first responders then work alongside a clinically qualified practitioner.
Chalfont team member Chris Wright was handed the keys to the new Rexton by SsangYong Motor UK CEO, Paul Williams.
Mr Wright said: “We are enormously grateful to SsangYong for providing us with this brilliant resource. Having 4x4 ability especially in winter is absolutely vital in the rural areas and hills around the Chalfonts and surrounding area – it will keep us on the road. We mostly use our own vehicles but the Rexton will get us to places we may not otherwise be able to reach.”
Mr Williams added: “We are delighted to be able to assist in this way, and in situations where every second counts. We hope our vehicle helps people get the life-saving treatment they need as rapidly as possible.”
Volunteers are always needed for Community First Responder teams.
Community liaison and training officer (East Node) Marc Lister said: “We need as many volunteers as possible to help save lives in your community. All training is given by a fully qualified paramedic from South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.”
If you would like to get involved in your local Community First Responder team, visit www.scas.nhs.uk/ ourserv ices/ communityresponders, email email@example.com or call the 24 hour hotline on 0800 587 0207.
Chalfont Community First Responder Chris Wright receives the SsangYong Rexton from Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong