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ROUND UP: Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties; Have an appy Christmas


Kay Hammond with Brandon Lewis MP and Chief Fire Officer at Surrey Fire and Rescue service Russell Pearson

Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties

Fire engines will be taking on a new look to highlight Surrey firefighters’ role to respond to certain medical emergencies.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s 30 fire engines will display artwork about the potentially lifesaving medical support and equipment crews can provide with nearly 440 firefighters now trained up for the co-responding trial scheme with South East Coast Ambulance Service.

They have attended more than 2,500 medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, chest pains and seizures since all of the county’s fire engines and other response vehicles began carrying defibrillators in September 2015.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services, said: “The co-responding scheme is progressing well and the newly-decorated fire engines will raise public awareness of the vital support our firefighters can give.

“Working closely with the ambulance service in this way means we can better serve our communities by giving the fastest possible response to people who are seriously ill.”

Have an appy Christmas

A free app to help residents with their Christmas recycling has been launched by the Surrey Waste Partnership.

The Recycle for Surrey app will helpfully reveal what to do with items such as wrapping paper, food tins, decorations and drink cans.

The app can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play while an online search tool can be found on the Recycle for Surrey website.


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