Seaton Lions aid first response team

PUBLISHED: 14:59 03 February 2016

Seaton and District Lions presents their cheque to the Seaton First Response Team. Photo IAN BARRADALE

Seaton and District Lions presents their cheque to the Seaton First Response Team. Photo IAN BARRADALE

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Club donates £200 to the firefighters’ medical team

Seaton and District Lions Club donated £200 to the Seaton First Responders Team, who are part of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Lion’s president Ian Barradale said that they were pleased to help the team from money raised during their December street collections. Thanking the Lions, station commander Mike Markham told them about the work of the Seaton First Responders Team, outlining how they were funded primarily by the South West Ambulance Trust with the remaining money coming from the fire service.

They are obliged to attend an emergency call out in under eight minutes to qualify for this funding. All of their call outs are category ‘A’ life threatening events and last year the Seaton First Response team were called out 588 times.

The Seaton team last year was in the top two response teams in Devon and Somerset.

In comparison the Seaton Fire Engine was called out over 120 times.

This year the team is hoping to raise sufficient funds to be able to buy a second full set of emergency equipment which will allow the team to respond from their home addresses rather than from the Fire Station. This will further reduce their call out times.


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