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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Joins forces with the MOD Fire and Rescue Service for Life-saving Venture

09 June 2008

9 June 2008

members of yorkshire ambulance service with members of the MOD fire and rescue service

Front row, L-R: Warren Bostock - YAS Community Defibrillation Trainer, David Smith - YAS Network Response Manager, Alex Middleton - MOD Divisional Officer, Neil Marsay – YAS Community Defibrillation Officer (sat in vehicle), John Miller - MOD Assistant Divisional Officer, Patrick Murphy - YAS Community Defibrillation Officer and Chris Gordon - MOD Sub Officer.
Back row: Members of the MOD Defence Fire and Rescue Service.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) has joined forces with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Fire and Rescue Service at RAF Linton-on-Ouse to help people who need emergency medical aid in and around the training airbase in York. 

Twelve members of the MOD Fire and Rescue Service have been recruited for the initiative and have been trained by YAS in Basic Life Support (BLS) and oxygen therapy. A further six are due to start training imminently.

Equipped with a defibrillator, oxygen and first aid bag, they will be on hand to respond to life-threatening emergencies at the airbase and to local residents within a two and a half mile radius.

They will be alerted to incidents by the YAS 999 communications centre and will respond to ensure emergency assistance reaches patients as quickly as possible. In many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical.  If effective treatment can be provided within those first few minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.  This is especially true for heart attacks and medical conditions that have caused someone to lose consciousness.

David Smith, YAS Network Response Manager said: “YAS is delighted to be launching a scheme with the MOD Fire and Rescue Service. It shows a true partnership in improving the response to life-threatening, medical emergencies and ultimately patient care.

“In an area as rural as Linton on Ouse, it’s always going to be difficult to reach every life-threatening emergency as quickly as we would like - particularly in some of the more isolated locations. The new recruits are ideal as they are on duty in the area and so can reach patients quickly. We have already proven in other areas covered by YAS first responder schemes that these initiatives are a great asset to the community.”

Chris Gordon from the MOD Fire and Rescue Service at RAF Linton on Ouse said: “This is an exciting opportunity to carry out and fulfil our primary role which is to save and preserve endangered life.

“We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and to providing life-saving support within the local Linton-on-Ouse community. 

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