Lions support for Seaton Co-responders

PUBLISHED: 06:59 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:52 21 April 2015

Seaton Lions present their cheque to the local firefighters.

Seaton Lions present their cheque to the local firefighters.

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Firefighters' medical team receives £200 towards its life-saving work

Firefighters in Seaton have been presented with £200 by the local Lions Club to help with their lifesaving Co-responder work.

Accepting the cheque, crew manager Mike Markham praised the group for its fundraising work for the whole community.

He said: “This time they have chosen us in recognition of the good work Seaton’s Co-responders do on behalf of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and South West Ambulance Service.

“The money will be put back into the Co-responder scheme to help offset the cost to the service in the maintenance and replacement of equipment and continue to deliver the high standard of life-saving service our community has come to appreciate and benefit from.

“We received a record 649 calls at Seaton from January to December 2014, over 80 per cent of which were Co-responders.

“This activity continues to have a very palpable positive effect within the community we serve and we are all very proud to be a part of it.”

● A fire service Co-responder scheme has been operating in partnership with South Western Ambulance Service since 1997 within the Devon and Somerset county boundaries. The scheme is designed to provide a quick medical response, and fire personnel mobilise alongside their ambulance service partners at all times. Firefighters then provide initial medical treatment and care to patients, while waiting for the arrival of the ambulance from their partner agency.

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