Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AN EMERGENCY VISIT TO KIDS; Crews Show a 999 Softer Side

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

AN EMERGENCY VISIT TO KIDS; Crews Show a 999 Softer Side

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Byline: MARIE LEVY

TEESSIDE youngsters discovered exactly what it is like to be taken off in an ambulance.

Luckily for them it was not a real emergency.

North East Ambulance Service staff dropped into South Bank Children's Centre as part of a safety awareness day.

Jo Busby and George Roberts from Coulby Newham station showed the children around their ambulance and talked about their role.

Children were given the opportunity to lie on a stretcher and look at exactly what is carried on board an emergency ambulance.

The aim of the visit was to familiarise them with the inside of the vehicle so they will not be scared if they ever need to travel to hospital in an ambulance.

Jo and George also explained about when and when not to call 999 and talked to staff about joining the community first responder scheme.

George, an ambulance care assistant and community first responder, has been trained to use an automatic defibrillator which can provide vital treatment to heart attack patients in the minutes before an ambulance arrives. …

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