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26 Feb 2021

Our teams thank and pay tribute to their firefighter crewmates

Since April of last year, London Fire Brigade firefighters have been working with our Service to support our clinicians, including driving our ambulances and carrying out other supportive roles when crewing with medics.

This partnership began in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic as we put unprecedented numbers of ambulances on the road to respond to the huge increase in calls – and firefighters have remained, in fluctuating numbers, ever since. 

As well as the clear benefits to our Service generally of having firefighters with us to help us crew even more vehicles to respond to patients, many of our ambulance crews have reported that their firefighter crewmates have helped them personally, and many of them wanted to publicly thank their firefighter crewmates.

These are some of their stories.

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A close up showing Gary's body worn camera attached to his uniform

23 Feb 2021

Trial sees ambulance crews given body-worn cameras

The new kit is being rolled out as part of a trial from today (22 February), starting in areas where our staff and volunteers are considered to be most at risk, based on previous incidents. Medics can press a button to start recording if patients or members of the public become aggressive or abusive.

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8 Jan 2021

Keeping safe and well in the colder weather

With temperatures in the capital becoming colder we are asking Londoners to take additional care during this challenging time so they can stay safe and well.

A drop in temperatures can affect your health and can be especially dangerous for older people, young children and those with underlying health conditions.

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27 Dec 2020

Please help us to help you during extremely busy time

Like NHS organisations across the country, demand for our services has risen sharply over the past weeks and we are now taking up to 8,000 999 calls a day compared to 5,500 on a typical ‘busy’ day.

To help us reach patients who need us as quickly as we can, we are asking the public to support us by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies.

For urgent medical advice when it’s not an emergency, please go to NHS111 online first by going to www.111.nhs.uk.

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10 Dec 2020

Christmas challenge to support trainee paramedic Paddy

Trainee paramedic Paddy was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision earlier this year.

Last week, in a bid to raise funds for equipment for him, his family started a 12-day challenge, and aim to cover 1,200km by Christmas Day.

So far they’ve raised nearly £20,000!

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