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Medical and prehospital care training in UK fire and rescue services
  1. Alison Walker1,
  2. Brian Robson2
  1. 1Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Lead on Fire and Rescue for the Directors of Clinical Care of the UK Ambulance Services, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK
  2. 2West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Lead officer for Casualty Care, CFOA, Bradford, Yorkshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alison Walker, Medical Director Yorkshire Ambulance Service Headquarters, Springhill 2, Brindley Way, Wakefield WF2 0XQ, UK; alison.walker{at}

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We were interested to see the paper by Quinn et al1 in this month's EMJ.

We undertook a similar survey published in the EMJ in 2005 on the Fire Service management of burns,2 which concentrated on burns but also reviewed general levels of clinical training and skills within the Fire and Rescue Services (FRS), also with a response rate of over 70%. At the time 44/62 services had trained all their firefighters in the delivery of supplementary oxygen (71%), and it seems in some areas there is little …

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  • Competing interests Dr A Walker is a Fire and Rescue link on the Faculty of Prehospital Care Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.