As part of a joint initiative with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST), the Service will shortly be launching a collaborative pilot to carry out Fire Medical Response (FMR) in the areas of Monmouthshire, Penarth and Duffryn (Newport).
The Welsh Government and all public service bodies are committed to improving the quality of services provided to the public of Wales. One of the key enablers of improvement is an enhanced level of partnership in Wales to deliver services which better meet local needs and make a difference to the communities we serve.
There is also a desire within Wales to improve collaboration and working between the emergency services to improve the operational response to the public, increase the operational services provided, to improve the resilience of services and that of communities, adding real value for money, whilst working more effectively and improving efficiencies.
As such and in support of this commitment to continued public service improvement and collaboration, the overall aim of the Fire Medical Response; is for identified and suitably trained individuals to respond to emergency calls and preserve life until the arrival of either an Emergency Ambulance (EA) or a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV). In essence – to save lives.
The pilot scheme will initially see the Service and WAST work together to save more lives across the following locations:
1. Abergavenny 2. Monmouth 3. Chepstow 4. Caldicot 5. Usk 6. Dyffryn 7. Penarth
Extensive workforce and Fire Brigades Union engagement has taken place with the Fire Stations and personnel involved in the pilot scheme and discussions with other Fire Stations within the Service are also taking place.
For more information about how FMR will work in practice click here (Link to FAQs)