The firefighters are expected to begin their new roles tomorrow.
We love a good collaboration here at Secret London, and possibly none more so than a new agreement between the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service – which will see some 300 firefighters pitch in and help the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak by driving ambulances across the capital. A truly excellent partnership, we think!
The so-called ‘blue-light partnership’ was announced yesterday, and is expected to begin in earnest tomorrow. Since firefighters are already qualified to drive emergency vehicles, they’re the perfect choice to step in and help behind the wheel over the next few weeks, as the Ambulance Service struggles to cope with an influx of 999 calls.
The firefighters have been given training in basic life-saving skills, which means they’re ready to support paramedics in short order. With up to 300 more drivers on the roads, the scheme will help the NHS respond to as many emergencies as possible, even as resources are stretched by the rising number of coronavirus cases. As partnerships go, this one really is 🔥…
Also published on Medium.