Emergency services get keys to Hull’s high rise blocks

West Hull ambulance staff with Gary Lloyd (centre), Rachel Pippin (centre left) and Mark McEgan (centre right).

The 1,700 residents in Hull’s high rise flats now have peace of mind that the emergency services can access the council’s 26 blocks across the city 24/7, should the need arise.

Mark McEgan, Hull City Council’s Assistant City Manager for Housing and Neighbourhoods and Gary Lloyd, a tenant volunteer, have handed over the keys to the multi-story living blocks to the city’s ambulance service.

Gary, a member of the Hull tenants’ multi-storey living group, had expressed his concerns regarding the emergency services gaining access to high rise flats when needed. As a result, the fire, police and ambulance services can all get into the entrance lobbies and communal areas if there is an emergency. The main providers of patient day care transport services have also been given keys.

Mark McEgan said, “Residents’ safety and well-being are overriding priorities for the Council. Over the last couple of years we have carried out a number of improvements to our high rise flats and enabling the emergency services to have immediate access is part of our commitment to giving reassurance to residents.”

Accepting the keys, Rachel Pippin, who is based at West Ambulance Station, said. “Having these keys means there’s no delay in getting to a patient, such as when a resident may have called an ambulance but can’t reach the intercom to let us in. It will be a great help to us and provide peace of mind for residents.”

An increasing number of residents who live in the council’s high rise blocks fall into the older age group as they choose to downsize to a smaller, easier to manage homes and take advantage of onsite services, which include care-taking and cleaning, security entry and, in some blocks, laundry services.

[Gilly Greensitt – Hull CC]