Britain’s First Animal Ambulance

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A horse has become the first ‘animal ambulance’ in Britain after being saddled up with the latest medical kit to cover a 3000 acre country park.

From next month onwards seven year old Chase will be in Cannock Chase Country Park in Staffordshire, as part of the West Midlands
Ambulance Service Community First Responder scheme.

His owner Mark Bennett said, ‘Being able to respond on horseback means that I can quickly access patients in difficult, hard-to-reach locations, prior to the arrival of the ambulance service. Chase is fully kitted with a resonder bag and defibrillator. Cashe carries oxygen, a mask and valve to help someone breathe, kit for airway management assistance, bandages, splints and space blankets.’

Suzie Fotehrgill of west Midlands Ambulance Service said,’ This is the first time that a horse has been part of a First Response Team. We were all very excited when we heard that Chase would be part of our crew. He’ll be a welcome addition and i’m sure he’ll cope very well under pressure.’

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