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FIREFIGHTERS from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) went to the rescue of two people who collapsed in the road.
Crew in Marple and Horwich were in the community doing their day-to-day duties when members of the public approached them for help.
An 81-year-old woman collapsed in a supermarket car park after tripping on a kerb on Hollins Lane, Marple, at 11.05am on Thursday, July 24.
Firefighters went to her aid after a member of the public went into the fire station, which is just next door, and asked for help.
A trained Trauma Technician gave first-aid, including giving her oxygen therapy and bandaging a wound on her leg. The crew stayed with the woman and looked after her until paramedics arrived soon after to provide specialist care.
Crew Manager Stuart Mills said: “Because we are a community fire station and we are right next door to the supermarket, we often get people asking for help with someone who’s been taken ill and we will always help if we can.”
Just a couple of hours later, crew in Horwich were carrying out a Home Safety Check when someone rushed over to ask them for help after a 54-year-old man collapsed on Winter Hey Lane.
A Trauma Technician checked the man over and monitored him until the ambulance service arrived to take over.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority,said: “Our firefighters do more than just fight fires – they are trained in first-aid amongst other things and if they can help the community in any way they will.
“As the public become more aware of the different types of roles our firefighters can adopt they are coming to us for help more and more – particularly when it comes to health.
“We have recently welcomed a report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) calling on the wider workforce to contribute to keeping people safe and well in their communities, and we are already doing this in a number of ways.
“The Service has been working with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to form a new team called Community Risk Intervention. The team has been responding to cardiac arrests, concerns for welfare, installing falls reduction equipment and helping people to reduce risk in their homes.
“We are also looking at ways in which we can enhance our Home Safety Checks to try and help people stay safe from health and other risks as well as fires.”
In addition, GMFRS has made partnerships with health and mental trusts across Greater Manchester and holds mutual training sessions between health professionals and community safety staff.
The Service recently signed up to a memorandum of understanding, which sets out the priorities for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority as it gets to grips with control of the city region’s £6billion health and social care budget.
The agreement focuses on prevention and early intervention – the same approach that GMFRS has used to reduce demand by over 40% over the past 10 years.