GMP traffic cars fitted with defibrillators

Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) traffic cars have been fitted with defibrillators as part of closer working between police and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

May 10, 2013
By Paul Jacques
Dr Brian Plastow

Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) traffic cars have been fitted with defibrillators as part of closer working between police and the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

The move came into effect last month and allows officers to provide potentially life-saving care at the scene of emergencies if they arrive before paramedics.

More than 170 officers in GMP’s Traffic Network Section have been trained to use the devices, 36 of which have been distributed among roads policing units, ANPR (automatic numberplate recognition) camera teams, serious collision investigators and those escorting high-risk prisoners.

Sergeant Catherine Hynes of GMP’s Traffic Network Section said: “We have already had some success with this tactic, as on the first day that defibrillators were taken out in cars, two officers used a device on a man who had taken an overdose at his home in Cheadle.”

NWAS community resuscitation manager for Greater Manchester, David McNally, said: “We are delighted that GMP is on board with this initiative which will ultimately equip traffic officers to potentially save lives.

“In the event of a person suffering cardiac arrest, quick action must be taken to give the patient the best chance of survival. It is proven that in every minute that passes without intervention, the chances of survival decrease by up to 14 per cent. Effective CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation ensures the patient has the best chance of survival.”

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