Surrey firefighters are stepping in to help ambulance crews gain quick access to the homes of patients who are critically ill and unable to open their doors to paramedics.
They have taken on a new role gaining entry to locked properties in medical emergencies to help the ambulance service save even more lives.
Police have traditionally been called on to force entry to homes on behalf of paramedics who lack the equipment and expertise to carry out the task themselves.
But now Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has become mainly responsible for gaining entry as part of a new initiative aimed at making the best possible use of available emergency service resources.
The project involves fire, police and ambulance services in Surrey working more closely together in the best interests of the communities they serve.
Firefighters are already well-trained in gaining access to properties in an emergency and carry equipment…
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