The recently reviewed MoU with St John had provision for all personnel to respond to more than purple calls eg red medical emergencies.
We are advised by Fire and Emergency Deputy Chief Executive for Service Delivery Kerry Gregory that this provision will not be actioned until personnel are appropriately trained for the work and responsibilities.
This is important so that public can be confident that personnel responding are appropriately trained. Also personnel need to be confident that they are not being exposed to situations they are unable to comfortably deal with.
Approved first response units will continue to respond to a wider range of incidents due to their higher level of medical training and expertise.
So to reiterate provisions will not be implemented until responders are appropriately trained.
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