A Community Ambulance Station is to be created at Chapel-en-le-Frith Fire Station under plans announced this week.
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) have formed a partnership arrangement which will see community ambulance stations created on some DFRS premises, with Chapel being identified as one of eight sites across the county.
Ambulance staff will be able to use the stations to take a break and use the toilet in between responding to calls.
Roland Hosker, Chair of the Fire and Rescue Authority said: “This is a great opportunity for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service to work in collaboration with EMAS to achieve the vision of Making Derbyshire Safer.
“This collaboration supports the service in reducing operating costs and in improving the use of existing sites for the benefit of the communities of Derbyshire.”
And Sue Noyes, Chief Executive of EMAS added: “We’re really pleased to be working in collaboration with DFRS on the introduction of Community Ambulance Stations.
“They will provide a safe, comfortable and appropriate rest area should a local crew have the opportunity to have a brief rest, a hot drink or use the toilet facilities in-between responding to 999 calls - on average, we get a new call every 45 seconds and so crews spend the vast majority of their working day ‘on the road’. This will be much better than them having to standby at the roadside which is currently the case.
“The introduction of shared facilities reduces our operating costs and allows us to spend more money on patient care.
“It also allows us to improve our relationship with other public services that we work very closely with on a day to day basis.”