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By Tristan Harris Sunday 16 March 2014 Updated: 20/03 23:34
THE LORD Mayor of Birmingham, Coun Mike Leddy, took time out of his busy schedule to check out the West Midlands Ambulance Service hub in Rubery.
The Hollymoor Hub, where ambulances are prepared and maintained, has been operational since July as part of the service's Make Ready scheme.
During his behind-the-scenes visit, Coun Leddy witnessed ambulances being cleaned, checked and re-stocked by ambulance fleet assistants ready for crews to take them out on their shift.
Prior to the scheme, that was done by ambulance staff at the start of their shifts meaning they had less time to respond to 999 calls.
After a cup of tea with the Birmingham managers, Coun Leddy found out about how the service dealt with major incidents and saw first-hand the advantages of moving to the 'hub' model.
A paramedic training session taking place at the time of the visit, enabled Coun Leddy to test out his CPR skills on a life-size mannequin, under the watchful eye of the education training officer.
Coun Leddy said it was a real eye-opener as he was unaware of the intricate work undertaken to get the ambulances out on the road and ready for action.
"Fortunately, I’ve never been in the back of an ambulance so I was amazed to see how much life-saving kit is on board.
"I’m very impressed with the hub and the staff I’ve met, which are of a very high standard.
"I’m confident that the ambulance service is providing a good service to the residents of Birmingham,” he added.
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