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Initiative will see Bromley police administer defibrillation if at life-threatening scene before ambulance crews

PUBLISHED: 15:09 19 July 2017

Officer with a defibrillator

Officer with a defibrillator

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Officers will be alerted to potential cardiac arrests at the same time as paramedics

Bromley is set to benefit from an initiative which will see police officers responsing alongside ambulance crews to life-threatening emergencies.

Following a successful trial in Enfield, Croydon, Havering and Ealing, London Ambulance Service (LAS) and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will deplot a further 16 units in Bromley from Monday, July 24.

Police equipped with defibrillators will be alerted to a potential cardiac arrest at the same time as ambulance crews, meaning they can begin providing life-saving treatment until a skilled clinician arrives.

Chris Hartley-Sharpe, head of first responders at LAS, said: “The only way to restart a heart is with a defibrillator so the sooner one arrives with someone trained to use it, the better the outcome for the patient.

“By working together with the police service we can ensure patients in cardiac arrest receive vital treatment as quickly as possible.”

Sue Warner, from MPS added: “Equipping our response team vehicles and station offices with this essential life saving equipment will enable our officers to respond to these critical life or death emergency calls. “

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