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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You can help the Alston Moor Ambulance Campaign by writing to these people....

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You may have a personal experience to tell them about, or you may not. Just write - you never know when you might need our services!

The Directors, North West Ambulance Service, Ladybridge Hall HQ, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5DD ged.blezard@nwas.nhs.uk (Director of Operations) gene.quinn@nwas.nhs.uk (Head of Service for Lancashire & Cumbria)

Cllr Carni McCarron-Holmes, Chair Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee Cumbria House, 117 Botchergate, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1RD Carni.McCarron-Holmes@cumbria.gov.uk

Dr Neil Hudson MP House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA neil.hudson.mp@parliament.uk

The Editor, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, 14 King St, Penrith CA11 7AH news@cwherald.com

The Editor, Hexham Courant, Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3NA news.hx@cnmedia.co.uk

BBC Radio Cumbria Annetwell Street, Carlisle CA3 8BB luke.jarmyn@bbc.co.uk

BBC Look North, Broadcasting Centre, Barrack Road, Newcastle, NE99 2NE newcastlenews@bbc.co.uk

ITV Border TV, 1 Clifford Court, Cooper Way, Parkhouse, Carlisle, CA3 0JG btvnews@itv.com

ITV News Tyne Tees, Television House, The Watermark,Gateshead NE11 9SZ amyandian@itv.com

Granada TV News, Quay Street Manchester M60 9EA granada.reports@itv.com

Friday October 8th, 2021