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29 August 2019, 16:22
Cornwall's 10 Tri-service safety officers have got a fleet of new emergency vehicles.
After starting off in 2014 and pioneering the Tri-service safety officer in Hayle, Cornwall now has 10 officers covering the most rural parts of the Duchy.
This week, they've launched their new fleet of emergency vehicles - with blue light and siren capability, enabling them to get to emergency calls more quickly.
The new vehicles have been specifically fitted so TSSOs can respond to urgent medical emergencies but are also equipped to support both police and fire and rescue services in their role.
They primarily focus on engagement, early intervention, prevention and reducing demand for police, fire and ambulance services as well as responding to emergencies on behalf of the fire and ambulance service.
The role is jointly funded by Devon & Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and Cornwall Fire, Rescue & Community Safety Service.
The 10 TSSOs across Cornwall are:
Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce, Cornwall commander from Devon and Cornwall Police said:
“The TSSOs are a vital resource for the communities of Cornwall and we are extremely pleased they now have a fleet of vehicles equipped to assist them in their roles".
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Hewitt: “We are proud of our multi agency partnership approach together with Cornwall Council, Devon & Cornwall Police and South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust. The new tri-service vehicles will greatly assist their protection, prevention and response activity within our communities.”
Neil Le Chevalier, executive officer, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: “This role was created by individuals who see that we must do things differently if we are to have a positive impact on the future of our communities and our services. Initiatives designed and supported by communities is a sustainable way to encourage a safer environment.