Fire Fighters from Huntingdon Fire Station join Magpas Helimedix at The Helimedix Operations Base in Huntingdon
When 999 is dialled and someone is critically ill or injured and trapped inside a car, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service play an integral role in making sure these patients are removed safely from their vehicles. Whilst working alongside Fire and Rescue Crews and the Ambulance Service, Magpas Helimedix deliver A&E level care to people in life changing situations, by land or by air, at the roadside.
To help champion this highly valued team work, every fire engine owned by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service now features a Proud to Support Magpas Helimedix sticker. Recently, seven members from Huntingdon Fire Station visited the Magpas Helimedix Operations Base with two of their fire trucks, to mark the occasion.
Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said: “We’re excited to be involved in this partnership and publicly show our support for such a worthwhile charity that provides a vital service in Cambridgeshire”. Graham went on to say, “Our fire crews frequently attend incidents where a casualty’s life is at stake and it’s through our solid working partnership with Magpas Helimedix that we bring our skills together to do the best we can at every emergency”.
Magpas Chief Executive Daryl Brown responded by saying, “We are immensely grateful to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service for their fantastic support. This idea will without doubt help to spread a powerful message about how we work together at the scene of serious medical emergencies”.
Daryl continued, “Many of the UK’s highly trained medics volunteer their own time to work as a member of the Magpas Helimedix team, to provide frontline medical care – free of charge in the East of England and beyond. Crucially the Magpas Helimedix flights carry specialist trauma Doctors and Paramedics who can start treatment straight away, thus saving more lives and reducing the effect of head and other severe injuries. Our prime goal is not only to save lives, but for our patients to recover more quickly, spend less time in hospital and return to a decent quality of life with their loved ones. The charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding and relies wholly on generous donations from the public. This essential organisation hugely appreciates everyone’s support!”