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Ambulance Service: Northern Ireland

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many first and co-responder training schemes were introduced by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service in 2005-06; and how many are planned for 2006-07. [HL1917]

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) did not provide any formal training schemes for first and co-responder projects during 2005-06 nor are there any planned for 2006-07. NIAS has, however, facilitated and supported four schemes that have been established by local communities and organisations; namely, Lifesavers West, Public Access Defibrillation Scheme (North West Belfast, South Antrim), Island Magee and Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (not yet live).

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What percentage of ambulance personnel in Northern Ireland are qualified paramedics. [HL1918]

Currently 46 per cent of front-line accident and emergency personnel are qualified as paramedics.