Saving lives together.TEAMWORK between fire and health chiefs has led to vital life-saving minutes being saved in reaching patients.
Cleveland Fire Brigade Cleveland Fire Brigade is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the boroughs of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland & Stockton-on-Tees. The name originates from the former county of Cleveland which was abolished in 1996. and the North East Ambulance Service The North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in North East England, covering the counties of County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear and the boroughs of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and operates a co-responder scheme in East Cleveland - enabling trained firefighters to use defibrillation Defibrillation Definition
Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device sends an electric shock to the heart to stop an extremely rapid, irregular heartbeat, and restore the normal heart rhythm. 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 cardiac arrest
Abbr. CA A sudden cessation of cardiac function, resulting in loss of effective circulation.
A condition in which the heart stops functioning. 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.