Vital cardiac equipment is to be carried on all fire engines in Norfolk to add an extra life-saving dimension to the county's emergency response.
A review of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service's life support capability concluded more advanced trauma care equipment and training could give firefighters greater opportunity to save more lives.
As a result the service ordered 61 defibrillators which will be carried on every front-line fire engine in the county. The service's Hethersett headquarters and training centre in Bowthorpe are among offices to also receive the equipment.
Dan Roper, Cabinet Member for Public Protection at Norfolk County Council, said: "We know that defibrillators save lives so everyone should welcome our fire and rescue service adding an extra dimension to their life-saving capabilities. Anything that makes our already safe county an even safer place in which to live, work or visit is good news."
David Ashworth, Area Manager at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Over the next few months our employees will be trained to use the new defibrillators to the high standards people would expect. We have made sure the equipment is compatible with that carried by the East of England Ambulance Service and we bought the kit using the NHS purchasing framework to ensure we got the best value for money we could.”
The new equipment(i pad CU-SP1 defibrillators from Wel Medical) will arrive at the service's headquarters on Monday (June 24). The kit will be rolled out across the county over the coming months along with the training.