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Surrey co-responding trial expanded to cover more emergencies

Firefighter treating a patient, posed by a model Image copyright South East Coast Ambulance Service
Image caption More than 190 firefighters in Surrey have so far co-responded to more than 370 incidents

A pilot scheme in which firefighters in Surrey respond to life-threatening medical emergencies is being expanded to cover other serious calls.

In addition to cardiac arrest calls, they could now be called to a range of other emergencies in conjunction with paramedics.

The fire co-responders will be deployed at the same time as South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) crews.

A similar trial involving life threatening calls is under way in Kent.

There are also plans to pilot the scheme across Sussex.

The Surrey scheme started in September and is due to finish at the end of June, though Secamb hopes that following analysis it will be made permanent.

All the fire co-responders have undertaken "immediate emergency care responder training", enabling them to provide treatment to patients in the period before paramedics arrive.

More than 190 firefighters have signed up and have so far co-responded to more than 370 incidents.

They attend the emergences in fire engines or fire service cars.

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