Ambulance crews will now be able to stop at Long Eaton fire station to take a break in between 999 calls.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has partnered with East Midlands Ambulance Service, to introduce community ambulance stations at eight fire stations.
Roland Hosker, chair of the Fire and Rescue Authority said: ‘This is a great opportunity for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to work in collaboration with EMAS to achieve the vision of making Derbyshire safer. This collaboration supports the service in reducing operating costs and in improving the use of existing sites for the benefit of the communities of Derbyshire.”
Long Eaton, Ascot Drive and Staveley Fire Stations were the first to ‘go live’, with further work now underway to address the practicalities of going live at the others.
Sue Noyes, chief executive of EMAS said: “We’re really pleased to be working in collaboration with DFRS on the introduction of community ambulance stations. They will provide a safe, comfortable and appropriate rest area should a local crew have the opportunity to have a brief rest, a hot drink or use the toilet facilities in-between responding to 999 calls - on average, we get a new call every 45 seconds and so crews spend the vast majority of their working day ‘on the road’. This will be much better than them having to standby at the roadside which is currently the case.
“The introduction of shared facilities reduces our operating costs and allows us to spend more money on patient care. It also allows us to improve our relationship with other public services.”