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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor Ken Rigby – personal
Councillor Sybil Fielding - personal (Councillor Brian Grocock substituting)
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 13 January 2017.
The minutes of the meeting held on 13 January 2017, were confirmed as a true and correct record and were signed by the Chair.
Report of the Chief Fire Officer.
Wayne Bowcock, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, presented the item which updates members on the Emergency First Responder (EFR) Wholetime Trial.
Whilst co-responding has been taking place with East Midlands’s Ambulance Service (EMAS) for 15 years, the recent trial reported to members was limited to retained stations at Harworth and initially Newark (since moved from Newark to Collingham) and will continue to operate.
Prior to this most recent trial, by agreement with EMAS Carlton, Worksop and Edwinstowe stations were selected as the most appropriate locations. Carlton being important due to its proximity to the City, Edwinstowe and Worksop due to their strategic locations and rurality. The FBU supports the 3 month trial and as this is not a contractual duty, volunteers were sought from the crews at these stations.
100% of crews at Carlton and Edwinstowe volunteered, 25% of crews at Worksop volunteered with the remainder indicating interest in first responding dependant on the outcome of national union negotiations.
During the 3 month trial, a total of 676 potentially life threatening incidents which were classed as either ‘Red 1’, which includes cardiac arrest, and ‘Red 2’, which includes breathing difficulty, fitting and choking, were attended.
Crews don’t attend all Red 1 and Red 2 calls as they are not trained to the same level as paramedics and do not carry the same equipment. Every time a crew were called out to an Red 1 or R2 incident, ambulances or paramedics were also dispatched to the scene. EMAS referred calls to Fire Control who then dispatched fire appliances, 50% of which arrived on scene first, with crews taking action at 76% of attendances and staying in attendance for an average of 40 minutes.
Whilst attending the 676 EFR incidents there were only 7 simultaneous Fire and Rescue related incidents, none of which were life risk calls. When this happened, the same procedure was applied by the Control Centre as if the crew were already attending a Fire and Rescue incident in that the next nearest available appliance was dispatched.
During the trial, out of 676 attendances there were 19 fatalities but 5 incidents of ‘return of spontaneous circulation’ this is where the early intervention by medically trained people returns unaided breathing and pulse to someone who will otherwise die. There are also other examples where lives were directly saved e.g. choking.
In addition to collecting the required statistics and assessments for the trial, all crew members undertook a welfare interview following attendance at fatal EFR incidents as the circumstances of attending a casualty, often in their own home and with family and friends around them, is very personal and different to responding to a Fire and Rescue incident where the scenes are controlled and managed, particularly as fatalities are more common. Crews are able to decline EFR call-outs if they have attended a disturbing incident or have been very busy and need a brief time to prepare for further activity e.g. training
Overall it is generally believed that the trial worked well ... view the full minutes text for item 18.
Report of the Chief Fire Officer
Wayne Bowcock, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, presented the item which updates members on the performance of Service Delivery between 1 December 2016 and 31 January 2017.
The following figures were highlighted with further, more detailed information, including retained availability, available within the report:
(i) 1950 incidents were attended which is an increase of 476 during the same period in the previous year;
(ii) this included:
o 90 accidental dwelling fires;
o 110 deliberate secondary fires;
o 4 fatalities;
o 7 reported casualties;
o 843 special service calls (SSC), including
o 96 road traffic collisions (RTCs)
o 560 emergency first responding incidents assisting East Midlands Ambulance Service
(iii) retained availability during January averaged 90% with Retford Station crews achieving 99.8%. It is noted that low availability can be a reflection of a rural community where retained fire fighters have to travel away from their immediate community to work;
(iv) there were 32 incidents of interest during December and 26 during January;
(v) exercise planning includes on-going programmes but also exercises to prepare for specific circumstances following actual problems and even deaths whilst attending incidents.
RESOLVED to note the performance update.