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Yorkshire Firefighters To Drive Ambulances To New Hospital

Yorkshire Firefighters To Drive Ambulances To New Hospital

Published by Karen Liu at 8:02am 12th April 2020.

A small number of Yorkshire firefighters have been trained up to drive ambulances.

12 drivers will deployed to transport patients to the new regional Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate when it opens.

North Yorkshire's Chief Fire Officer, Andrew Brodie, said:

"So we got a request from the ambulance service for people to drive the ambulances that will ferry people to and from the Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate.

So we've now got 12 people who are trained from each fire and rescue service across the region, including North Yorkshire and they will start to do that work the moment the Nightingale Hospital is up and running and operational. 

We have got a plan in place where we can expand the number of people who'll be able to drive the ambulances, should that be a requirement by the ambulance service.

We're delighted to be able to support them at what, at the moment, is an absolutely time of huge call on their services and they can't reasonably be expected to deal with that on their own.

So we're delighted to be able to offer a few people in a small way to support that."




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