Barnstaple fireman saves lives on and off duty

Joseph Bulmer

A Barnstaple fire fighter loves his work so much that he also spends his spare time helping with emergencies.

When he’s off duty, Andy Worsley swaps a fire engine for a motorbike as a volunteer for Devon and Cornwall Freewheelers.

The charity provides a free emergency response courier service to the NHS, transporting urgently needed blood, drugs, human tissues and other medical requirements.

Crew Manager Andy Worsley, White Watch Barnstaple, said: “It’s a great service and when I found out about it I was eager to get on board.

“If I was ever in the unfortunate position of needing urgent medical supplies I would want to know that they were going to arrive as quickly as possible. By volunteering for this service, I can help other people in need.”

The group of volunteers offer an out of hours courier service to any NHS establishment. As a free service, it saves the money on courier fees or ambulance costs.

Each of the volunteers has been specially trained and undergoes regular reviews of their skills. The charity operates 5pm to 7am during week days and provides a 24 hour service on weekends and bank holidays.

Andy and the Devon and Cornwall Freewheelers team will be raising funds and awareness at Atlantic Village near Bideford this Saturday from 9am-6pm.

For information on the Devon and Cornwall Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service visit www.devonfreewheelers.org.uk.

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