4x4’s rapid re­sponse boost to am­bu­lance ser­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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 cfr@scas.nhs.uk 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

Mo­tor UK.

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