The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has been recognised for its community initiatives and cross service cooperation at this year’s annual Heart Safe Awards.
The EMAS Community response Team won the Emergency Services Team of the Year at the award ceremony held in Manchester last week.
The team were honoured in recognition of their collaborative work with the Fire Services and their Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) initiative. CPAD’s are used in rural locations where it often takes longer to receive emergency medical help. They allow trained members of the public to administer lifesaving treatment.
Michael Barnett-Connolly, EMAS Head of Community Response, said: “Thanks to our initiatives we are helping more lives to be saved through early resuscitation and defibrillation.”
Also acknowledge were the Community First Responder (CFR) teams across the East Midlands. CFR teams are charities founded and run by volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls directed through ambulance control.
Mr Barnett-Connolly added: “Well done everyone, a great achievement by the whole CFR and co-responder community.”