Lichfield and Burntwood firefighters to get advanced first aid training

Firefighters and Lichfield and Burntwood are to undergo more advanced first aid training to help them treat casualties.

The scheme is come about following a link-up between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service to help ensure casualties are provided with the best care possible at incidents.

The majority of firefighters across the country are trained in the Health and Safety First Aid at Work qualification, however Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has taken the decision to train its firefighters in a more advanced qualification.

All 850 operational personnel will be trained in the First Person on Scene qualification under the training of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The qualification, which takes four days to complete, provides firefighters with the essential knowledge and advanced first aid skills they need to give immediate care to trauma casualties.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said:

“Obviously our Firefighters attend a range of incidents that involve serious casualties, including fires, car crashes and more unusual incidents such as people trapped in machinery or who have fallen into open water.  This new training has been welcomed by operational personnel and the feedback has been very positive, with many stating that they now feel a lot more confident when faced with incidents involving serious casualties.

“The partnership approach with the ambulance service has proved much more cost effective than bringing in an external agency and importantly it has further cemented and standardised our good working relationship.”

Regional Chief Ambulance Officer, Anthony C Marsh added:

“We believe we’re one of the first Ambulance Services in the country to provide this training to a Fire and Rescue Service. This is certainly not going to replace the work of the paramedic, this training will enable Firefighters to better support ambulance staff at an incident and vice versa.

“This key partnership will ensure that casualties at incidents in Staffordshire will receive the best possible care, something we are understandably very proud of.”

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