Premier Communication Electronics (PCE) has been able to help an emergency medical charity extend its service into Dorset by donating essential emergency warning equipment.

The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) is a national organisation that enables medics to volunteer their spare time to use their skills in helping seriously injured and ill patients in the community. These skilled medics need to have their personal cars fitted with appropriate lights and sirens to allow them to reach patients under emergency conditions.

PCE heard via Twitter that a doctor in East Dorset was extending the BASICS service in to Dorset. Dr Katie Muscroft, a consultant from Poole Hospital, had decided to bring BASICS to her county after a colleague’s life was saved by a BASICS doctor from Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service (SAVES). She joined SAVES and founded the charity ‘BASICS Dorset’ to provide funding to train and equip volunteer medics in the county. PCE contacted Dr Muscroft and offered to donate a full set of “blues-and-twos” equipment to get her on the road and saving lives in the community.

Exeter-based PCE has over 40 years’ experience in designing, supplying, installing and maintaining blue lights, sirens and radio equipment for the emergency services. PCE has been working with BASICS in the South West for many years and has provided essential equipment to many of their emergency responders.

With limited funds and BASICS Dorset being a new charity, Dr Muscroft had been concerned how fully fitted blue lights would be funded.

Thanking PCE for their generosity and support, Dr Muscroft said “When heading to a seriously-ill patient, the last thing I want to worry about is the performance of my vehicle’s warning sirens. PCE have provided a professional fit to a very high standard. Moreover, their donation has enabled us to safely deliver enhanced pre-hospital care in Dorset.”

Karen Langley, PCE’s Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted to be in a position to help out a local charity, especially as the team are volunteer responders who give up their own time to help others, and have to adapt their personal vehicles for the role. We’re happy Dr Muscroft’s vehicle is now ready and fully equipped to help save lives in Dorset”.