Ambulances get station boost

AMBULANCES could be based at Dewsbury Bus Station from September in a bid to cut incident response times.

Paramedics are likely to be housed in a portakabin on the station site and will have access to two emergency response vehicles based there.

Approval for a rentfree lease was granted last Friday at a West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority board meeting.

Called a Standby Point, it will operate 24 hours a day in an area where ambulance response times have suffered in the past.

The Press has previously reported on cases where it has taken 40 minutes or longer for crews to reach some 999 calls.

Robert Eastwood, of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “The bus station was identified as an ideal location to position emergency vehicles.

“There has historically been a high level of demand and having another base in Dewsbury we will be able to reach patients more quickly.”

Coun Eric Firth (Lab, Dewsbury East) is deputy chairman of the integrated transport authority, which regulates transport body Metro.

He said: “I am very pleased that Metro has been able to make this facility available to the ambulance service. 

“I have no doubt it will contribute to saving lives in Dewsbury by providing a central location for ambulances to be stationed.”

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