Lives at risk over A595 closure
Last updated at 17:59, Thursday, 26 July 2012
LIVES could be put at risk the longer the A595 stays closed, an emergency first responder has claimed.
The road between Kirkby and Grizebeck has been closed since Friday after a barn wall collapsed at Dove Ford Farm.
Dave Grisdale, training co-ordinator for Kirkby First Responders, says the responders would now struggle to attend a call-out in Grizebeck within their five-minute target.
He: “We can normally attend within five minutes of being paged, while it can take 20 minutes or more for an ambulance to arrivefrom Ulverston or Barrow.
“Now we would have to follow the detour, against much increased traffic on small country roads. If there was an incident at Grizebeck we couldn’t hope to get there in five minutes.
“If people aren’t given any treatment within 10 minutes of a heart attack then they stand a far lesser chance of survival. I just hope that the road is reopened soon, before a life is put at risk in Grizebeck.”
Cumbria County Council expects the road to be closed for the remainder of the week.
A North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We are prepared for road closures and all precautions are taken so that it does not affect the provision.”
Responding to the concerns raised by the first responders, a Cumbria County Council spokeswomen said: “There is a one way order for Buckhorn Lane which is a diversion that emergency vehicles would access.
“We are hoping to reopen the road as soon as possible, and will do everything in our power to make this happen and therefore minimise any potential risks and disruption.
“However, this is dependant on getting the go-ahead from other companies and agencies involved. We apologise for any inconvenience the closure may cause.”
First published at 12:19, Thursday, 26 July 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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