26 June 2009
BRC- Chris LoufteThe British Red Cross and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) have celebrated a successful first year by resigning a memorandum of understanding this month in Matlock.
The agreement will ensure that Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Branches of the Red Cross will continue to provide vehicles and a crew at short notice during emergency response, as well as planned cover when high demand is predicted.Red Cross staff and volunteers will also benefit by gaining access to NHS advice and training.
Working together to save lives
The partnership proved vital during the heavy snow earlier this year when 4 x 4 vehicles, donated by Land Rover, enabled Red Cross staff and volunteers to spring into action once the weather conditions worsened.
EMAS crew member Stephen Holt said: “The conventional ambulances were unable to drive through thick snow in some of the more rural parts of Derbyshire. In Tideswell, one of the highest parts of Derbyshire, the Red Cross 4x4 was able to get through the snow to a lady with breathing difficulties and rush her to hospital. We don’t know what would have happened if the Red Cross hadn’t been there to help!”
EMAS chief executive Paul Phillips said: “We are delighted with the success of the partnership so far, and glad that our relationship with the Red Cross will continue. During extreme circumstances, like the adverse weather conditions we experienced earlier this year, their help is vital in ensuring the safety of the residents in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area.”
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