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Yelverton Fire Station donate £1500 to local Emergency Medics

Yelverton Fire Station crew have raised an amazing £1500 for fellow local charity BASICS Devon. They presented the charity with a cheque on Thursday 30th April to one of the emergency volunteer doctors Ian Higginson, whom works closely with the crew.

The fire crew raised the money throughout the year organising various fundraising activities from car washes to family fun days. It was a special moment too when Fireman Craig Taylor personally thanked Doctor Ian Higginson as he once saved one of Craig’s family members.

BASICS Devon (British Association of Immediate Care) is a registered charity providing a network of emergency volunteer medics that provide immediate access to specialist medical care for severely ill patients across Devon. We rely solely on donations and with call outs increasing by over 30% we hope to raise vital funds to ensure we can continue to provide such an invaluable service in our local community.

These volunteer NHS doctors, make themselves available around the clock throughout the year. Giving up their spare time, they respond to incidents at the request of the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWASFT) using their own vehicles, covering a population of 1.1 million across one of the most rural counties in the country, and 30% of their missions have been carried out in the dark.

Ian Higginson a responder for BASICS Devon commented ‘The Yelverton Fire Station crew are a group of highly professional retained firemen who provide an invaluable service for their local community. In addition, they all give up their time through the year to raise money for charity, and I am really appreciative that they value the work of BASICS sufficiently to have chosen us as their charity this year.’

BASICS Devon hope to raise enough funds to provide and invest in medical equipment such as small items like a CapnoTrue ASP device for children and adults that monitors oxygen levels and pulse rates, these cost £120 each and BASICS ideally need 12, they are also aiming to put funds towards an End Tidal Carbon Dioxide Monitor for each responder which costs a total of £9,500. This device monitors a patients’ breathing and oxygen levels and can be used at any emergency incident for very sick and injured patients.

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