This afternoon, Cllr. Richard Lewis, Francesca O’ Brien (Former Parliamentary Candidate for Gower), Cllr. Myles Langstone and Cllr Lyndon Jones held a positive meeting on TEAMS with Martin Woodford, the Chair of the Welsh Ambulance Service, about the First Responders on the Gower Peninsula.
The meeting was requested in response to concerns from local people in Gower, who got in touch to say they felt badly let down by the Ambulance Service.
After raising £65,000 to purchase a vehicle for use by the Fire Service First Responders, who are a team of dedicated crew members based in Reynoldston, it was found that the Ambulance Service was not calling them out.
As a result local people often faced long delays for an ambulance to reach them, because the ambulance was being sent from areas like Neath, which is a long way from the Gower Peninsula!
Cllr Lyndon Jones said:
“After listening to us, the Chair of the Ambulance Service shared our concerns, especially as use of the vehicle had reduced from over 205 call outs in 2017, 61 call outs in 2018 to just 19 in 2020!
“We stressed that it was vital that this was sorted out ahead of the summer, because of the influx of tourists to the area, so we put together an action plan.
“We will be in touch during the next few weeks to discuss progress and importantly we are meeting again on TEAMS towards the end of March to finalize everything.
“Thank you to the Chair of the Welsh Ambulance Service for his time and his support in finding a solution to this problem.”