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Ambulances to be based at Callington fire station

By CGGayle  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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Ambulances to be based at Callington fire station

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Callington Community Fire Station will soon be used as a base for ambulances as well as fire engines.

The announcement came following a partnership between Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST).

Paul Walker, deputy chief fire officer of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Joint working in this way improves the service we provide by linking resources to risk and delivers efficiencies whilst maintaining and improving frontline services."

Currently the nearest ambulance stations to the town are in Liskeard and Saltash.

Steve Boucher, SWAST head of operations for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "We are delighted that our collaboration with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service continues and this new initiative at Callington will enable the Trust to deploy resources from the fire station as part of our Status Plan.

Mr Boucher added: "Providing this facility will enable our staff to respond quickly and safely to save lives and will also build on the already excellent working relationship between both organisations and its staff." 

Councillor Lance Kennedy, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Community Safety and Public Protection, said: "This is a fantastic partnership and one which will have a positive impact on the local community."

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