Fire and ambulance services work together to cut times
TEAMWORK was the name of the game as the fire and ambulance services paired up in an effort to slash emergency response times.
Ambulances as well as fire engines will soon be dispatched from Callington Community Fire Station following a partnership agreement between the two emergency services.
South West Ambulance Service was keen to find a permanent base for paramedic crews covering the Callington area to improve response times and approached the fire service about sharing their base.
Steve Boucher, head of ambulance operations in the South West, said: "This new initiative will enable us to deploy resources from the fire station enabling our staff to respond quickly and safely to save lives."
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Councillor Lance Kennedy, in charge of Community Safety and Public Protection,- sounded the council's approval.
He said: "This is a fantastic partnership and one which will have a positive impact on the local community.
"I look forward to a long, safe and productive collaboration."
Speaking on behalf of the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, deputy chief fire officer Paul Walker said: "I am delighted we are further enhancing our established relationship with the ambulance service.
"It supports our mission of working together to keep Cornwall safe.
"It will allow us to lay on joint training while providing an effective use of facilities."