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Kingdom officers help save a life whilst on patrol

head tilt chin lift in cpr drowning trainingWe are very proud to report that two of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers recently saved a man’s life whilst on patrol in Thanet.

The two officers in question, Colin Jarvis and Mark Jones, were carrying out patrols in the Cliftonville area of Margate on behalf of Kingdom’s client, Thanet District Council on an afternoon in June. Kingdom has been tackling litter and dog fouling there since 1st June 2015, initially as a 12 month trial before being awarded a three year contract in 2016 due to the success of the trial. Kingdom’s officers issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to anyone caught dropping litter or not cleaning up after their dogs on Thanet’s streets, beaches and open spaces.

Whilst on patrol, the two officers were made aware of a possibly deceased male in a disabled public toilet. Mark quickly entered the toilet to find a male lying on the floor completely motionless and slowly turning blue. Colin spoke to another person who informed him that the man was a drug user who had taken a cocktail of different drugs and then collapsed. Another man informed them that they had dialled 999 and that a paramedic was en-route to the scene.

Both of the officers had previously received first aid training, which was invaluable in this situation. Mark knelt down and checked the man’s airway and breathing and checked if he had a pulse. He was breathing and did have a pulse, but his breathing was very light and his pulse was very faint. He was slowly losing colour from his face, hands and feet.

A paramedic arrived very quickly and Mark and Colin informed her of this situation. Mark and Colin helped the paramedic in any way required, and then Mark assisted by giving the unconscious man oxygen for several minutes until two more paramedics arrived on the scene and could take over.

Once the paramedics had improved the man’s breathing and regulated his pulse they decided to take him by ambulance to the nearest hospital for emergency treatment. Colin and Mark helped to lift the man onto the bed and to wheel him outside and on to the ambulance. The paramedics thanked Colin and Mark for their help and said that if they had not assisted in the way that they did then the man would not have survived.

This is not the first time that Kingdom’s environmental protection officers have stepped in to provide first aid, help save a life or protect members of the public whilst out on patrol. Whilst of course their role is to tackle litter, dog fouling, criminal damage, graffiti, fly-tipping and other environmental crimes or anti-social behaviour, the fact that they are a uniformed, highly visible presence in public spaces also provides many residents with a feeling of safety and security and makes them the obvious people to turn to for help in emergency situations like this. It allows them to act as the eyes and ears of the community, and Kingdom is proud to play such a key role in many towns and cities up and down the country.

For more information about Kingdom’s services, please visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/ or call 0845 051 7702.