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Saving lives together.

TEAMWORK between fire and health chiefs has led to vital life-saving minutes being saved in reaching patients.

Cleveland Fire Brigade and the North East Ambulance Service operates a co-responder scheme in East Cleveland - enabling trained firefighters to use defibrillation machines.

Since the scheme's launch in 2004 the brigade has helped the ambulance service by attending 842 emergency incidents.

They can provide essential first aid before the ambulance crews take over.

If a cardiac arrest victim is defibrillated immediately their chance of survival can be as high as 85%.

Steve Walton, the brigade's Redcar District Manager said: "All members of the public can be taught life saving skills which could form a vital link in the chain of survival."

Cleveland Fire Brigade will deliver this free training on request. Ring 01429 874063.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2008
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