Fire engines soon to carry defibrillators

Fire engine outside a house in Charters Crescent, South Hetton, on Saturday.

Fire engine outside a house in Charters Crescent, South Hetton, on Saturday.

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Defibrillators are to be fitted on all fire engines in Harrogate, Ripon and North Yorkshire to allow crews to give first aid at the scene of an incident.

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS), working with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) over the past year, has kitted out fire engines with new equipment as part of the Immediate Emergency Care programme.

This next stage of the programme will soon see the fire service install defibrillators on all fire engines.

“This means we will be able to provide a better first aid response to causalities when we attend incidents, through the crews’ improved knowledge of first aid and through the use of defibrillators,” a spokesman for the fire service said. “It also ensures an increased level of protection for our own staff.”

The fire service has also now completed its three-year water rescue strategy, with crews at Ripon Fire Station receiving specialist training.

Staff at all fire stations, including Harrogate and Ripon, have also been provided with water rescue skills training to provide a quick response during flooding incidents.

“These investments show our continued dedication,” said area manager Dave McCabe. “Our significant investment in water rescue training and equipment proved their worth during the severe flooding that hit the county last year and I’m sure they will continue to do so in the years to come.”