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Silent witness: in February 2006 the contract for the supply of Oxygen cylinders to domestic householders will pass from the Primary Care Trusts (PCT) to ten regions serviced by four main contractors. The writer argues that the Fire Service has a unique opportunity to improve firefighter safety and at the same time fulfil its obligation to the public in community fire safety.(Firefighter Safety)

YOU CAN'T SEE IT; YOU CAN'T smell it and you won't be able to hear it.

So why bother about it? ... Because now we know where it lives.

In February 2006 the contract for the supply of oxygen cylinders to domestic householders will pass from the Primary Care Trusts (PCT) to ten regions serviced by four main contractors; Air Products, Allied Oxycare, BOC and Linde. This would appear on the surface an insignificant event, (unless you are one of the 60,000 home oxygen users in the UK). However, the Fire Service has a unique opportunity to improve firefighter safety and at the same time fulfil its obligation to the public in community fire safety.

The following are extracts from the Department of Health website.

The modern, integrated service that is proposed represents a considerable advance on this organisational and service model.

The new model will transfer responsibility for ordering oxygen for long-term oxygen therapy from general practitioners to specialist consultants in hospital. …

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