The move will see pre-hospital critical care crews using the station as a standby location from which to reach people in need of urgent care. They will also have a dedicated space to hold debriefs and sensitive discussions after being called out to treat those who are seriously ill or injured.
In addition to its helicopter, TVAA has five critical care response cars which provide greater flexibility in areas difficult to access by aircraft. These cars frequently use ambulance standby locations, such as one in Slough, but securing access from Marlow Fire Station will provide the charity with further deployment options across a region covering over 2,000 square miles.
Having response cars at key places across the region means it can give people the best possible chance of survival and recovery, bringing the hospital to the patient, wherever they are.
Martin Bowdler, Assistant Director of Operations for TVAA, said:
“This is a great example of emergency services coming together to protect our community and we are grateful to BFRS for their work to make this happen.
“Being able to operate one of our critical care response vehicles in Marlow will mean we are ideally placed for responding to incidents across the area, when every minute matters. As well as our helicopter operating from our base in Benson, having response cars at key places across the region means we can give people the best possible chance of survival and recovery by bringing the hospital to the patient, wherever they are.”
Phill Mould, our Group Commander Service Delivery South, said:
“Marlow Fire Station is already utilised by South Central Ambulance Service, to provide emergency ambulance crews with standby and welfare facilities. We see working with the Thames Valley Air Ambulance as a natural extension of this facility and are pleased to be able to support the safety and welfare of our emergency service partners.
“This is another great example of collaborative working, enabling the provision of emergency services to the community whilst supporting the welfare of those that provide it.”