Emergency Services in Lancashire are responding to incidents together in a bid to reduce demand on the three services which tends to increase during high profile events such as World Cup football fixtures.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Lancashire Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) are working together in one vehicle to provide a joint response in East Lancashire where they can assist collaboratively with incidents such as fires with casualties, road traffic collisions, assaults and medical emergencies where forced entry to a property is required.
A multi-agency 4×4 vehicle will be used which will be crewed by trained Operational Commanders from Fire, Police and NWAS and they will respond to incidents where the team can carry out multi-agency scene assessment, determine the level of resources required, ensuring scene and responder safety and provide specialist support.
Shaun Walton, Community Protection Manager at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “During high profile events such as World Cup football matches the demand on emergency services tends to increase. Locally based responders working together can provide lifesaving interventions at emergencies, and in some instances reduce the number of resources needed at a scene.”
Medical emergencies and a domestic incident were just some of the incidents attended by the team when the operation began on Monday 18 June which was in line with England’s first fixture of the tournament. There are two more operations currently planned on Sunday 24 June as England face Panama and Thursday 28 June for England v Belgium.
This multi-agency vehicle has been used previously and was found to be successful. The initial trial took place on ten selected dates throughout December 2017 and into January 2018 whereby the vehicle was deployed to 44 incidents. The collaboration meant that crews managed unnecessary incident attendance and improved time scales of crews that would usually be detained at a scene, supported on-scene commanders, offered specialised support and provided lifesaving interventions and assessment.
PS Martin Midgley of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This project works really well at providing an extra resource on the front line and delivers core services whilst reducing the impact on our colleagues. Working together not only shows a joined up approach within the community but also allows crews to strengthen professional relationships and provide learning across the services.”
Dave Suart, Operations Manager for NWAS, who oversees the project from an ambulance prospective said: “For us, the collaboration is not only a great way to work together with our emergency services colleagues but if a patient is able to be treated at scene and doesn’t need to go to hospital, it reduces the need for an ambulance to attend, freeing up vital resources.
We’ve been really happy with the success of the scheme so far and looking forward for this to continue.”