Life-saving bag is stolen from paramedic

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AN URGENT appeal has been launched after a Wigan paramedic’s life-saving equipment was stolen from his car.

Thieves used electronic equipment to bypass the security on Dave Berry’s vehicle on Saturday, taking an Advanced Life Support Response bag.

It’s scary as it’s put the borough in the life threatening category now because I haven’t been able to respond to any calls

Dave Perry - paramedic

Mr Berry, 44, realised his bag was missing the following morning when he found his car door slightly ajar. He is the only North West Ambulance Service community responder volunteer for Wigan, Golbourne, Garswood and Haydock, and was unable to respond to more than 20 emergency incidents over the weekend.

Dave said: “It’s scary as it’s put the borough in the life threatening category now because I haven’t been able to respond to any calls - and there were more than 20 over the weekend. The bag contained Advanced Lifesaving equipment that would only be useful to another paramedic or a doctor.

“Hopefully they will realise this soon and hand it in. Until the bag is returned or a new bag can be acquired there will be nobody to attend to emergency incidences within the borough which could mean lives could be put at risk.”

The thieves, who used electronic equipment to bypass the security on the car, also targeted two of his neighbours.

Dave added: “They also had a few items stolen including a sat nav. It’s just crazy, there were more valuable items within my car they could have taken yet they chose to take the one thing which is essential in life-threatening situations.

“I would urge anybody with any information at all to please get in touch, without this I can’t do my job and I’m just fearful of the consequences if I’m unable to turn out to an emergency because I don’t have the equipment. There is nobody else in the area who is a community responder so it leaves us in a grave situation.”

The bag is black with silver writing stating NORTHWEST AMBULANCE on the top and Staff Responder on the side. It has both shoulder straps and carry handles and has twin openings on top.

A black nylon utility belt with several pouches including a multi-tool attached and a high-powered torch was also stolen in the theft. Anyone with information contact Mr Berry on 01942 514316 or 07764 609158.