Alston Moor's Community Ambulance and its dedicated crew is under threat. North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has announced plans to take away the emergency vehicle and make the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) redundant. This tight-knit community of around 2,500 people spread over a beautiful but remote landscape of 80 square miles is pulling together to do everything they can to stop this from happening. Alston Moor, nestled high up in the North Pennines is a popular tourist destination. An ideal base not only for Cumbria, but for visiting Northumberland, Teesdale, the Lake District and even Scotland. We want our residents to be safe, but also our very welcome day-trippers and holiday-makers.

The NHS Ambulance Standards state that the average response time for life-threatening illnesses or injuries (category 1) is seven minutes and emergency call-outs (category 2) 18 minutes. Without an ambulance and EMTs on Alston Moor it would take a MINIMUM of 40 minutes to reach the scene. That time could easily stretch to two hours or more, depending on the weather, traffic and if, through no fault of their own the ambulance sent from Penrith, Carlisle or even as far as Preston and Manchester can't find the location due to their lack of local knowledge.

This website provides information about our campaign. The background, what we've done, what we're planning to do and all the latest up-to-date news and events. Please sign our petition and email us with ideas and any other support you can offer. Most of all tell as many people as you can about the 'Save Alston Moor's Ambulance' campaign. The fight to save our services is a monumental one, but if we all work together we can win.

It is a fight we MUST win, because if we fail then there is one certain – lives will be lost!

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Make a scarecrow
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Help us to convince NWAS to keep our EMTs

We need qualified people stationed on Alston Moor to attend the emergencies that happen. It doesn't matter whether it’s a road accident, a heart attack or a sick child; we need our own crew here. The ...

Dont bail out on us
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We want to put bales of hay at ever road into Alston with a sign on them saying "NWAS don't bail out on our Emergency Medical Team"

We want pictures of them, with kids on and any other wacky things that you can ...

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Another write up in the Herald, this time saying that the NWAS officer is a little confused i what he is saying.

We support our Emergency Medical Technicians and really appreciate the people who are now putting themselves forward as first responders ...

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Update on the actions we have done/are doing to persuade NWAS to change their minds and keep our ambulance with a fully resourced crew

Written to Neil Hudson - local MP

Written to local groups to ask for emails from them to give their ...

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We are featured in Lancs Live online newspaper....

"Residents face waiting more than an hour for emergency medical care as a community could lose its ambulance service after almost 50 years.

Residents in and around Alston are fighting ...

Save our Ambulance Banner
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The last time we had to fight to keep the ambulance was in 2014.

The kids from the primary school got involved and made a banner which was put up at at top of town

It goes without saying that to not have an emergency ambulance for our ...

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1,000 people sign petition to save Alston ambulance service

By Steven Batey @CourantSteven Reporter

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling on the emergency services to scrap plans to remove an ambulance from their town.

Residents ...

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Ive just been looking back on the Save our Ambulance page that was started when the ambulance was last being threatened with removal in 2014 and I came across this which was what we were promised would happen. I created the poster and 60 people applied. ...

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Thank you to the people who turned out today for the photograph with the ambulance, which will appear in the Herald this weekend.

As people have already pointed out, the short notice (first facebook post two days ago, reminder this morning), ...

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If we lose our Ambulance and the Emergency Medical Technician that current staff it, it means that the children of Alston Moor will have to wait at least 40 mins for an ambualnce from Penrith or Carlisle or possibly even further.

Our children ...

Alston Ambulance
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Please support us by signing our petition to tell North West Ambulance that we need an ambulance as well as the rest of the country.

Sign the Petition

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It will mean that people will die on the moor. Elaine Grew, Alston Moor Parish Council

Report by Ralph Blunsom

After almost fifty years, the community ambulance which serves the town of Alston and the surrounding ...

Letter to Neil Hudson MP
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Dear Dr Hudson

I am writing on behalf of a group of your constituents on Alston Moor, who are faced with the removal of our local ambulance

You may know that for many years, in response to the unique geographical and climatic conditions ...

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We have two places on Facebook. One is a public page and the other is a private group.

If you would like to join the group to help and support us please pop along and ask to join. All help very much appreciated.

This ...


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