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Norfolk Accident rescue Service (NARS) was formed in 1970, when ambulances were very basic and their drivers had limited first aid training. Some local doctors recognised that if they could be summoned to the scene of serious road traffic accidents, they could help to prevent people dying needlessly. The scheme was essentially a communication network, providing the means for ambulance dispatchers to contact GP’s at their homes and surgeries to send them to life-threatening incidents. Fund-raising campaigns helped to equip the doctors’ cars with additional medical equipment.

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  • Norfolk Accident rescue Service (NARS) was formed in 1970, when ambulances were very basic and their drivers had limited first aid training. Some local doctors recognised that if they could be summoned to the scene of serious road traffic accidents, they could help to prevent people dying needlessly. The scheme was essentially a communication network, providing the means for ambulance dispatchers to contact GP’s at their homes and surgeries to send them to life-threatening incidents. Fund-raising campaigns helped to equip the doctors’ cars with additional medical equipment.
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  • Norfolk Accident rescue Service (NARS) was formed in 1970, when ambulances were very basic and their drivers had limited first aid training. Some local doctors recognised that if they could be summoned to the scene of serious road traffic accidents, they could help to prevent people dying needlessly. The scheme was essentially a communication network, providing the means for ambulance dispatchers to contact GP’s at their homes and surgeries to send them to life-threatening incidents. Fund-raising campaigns helped to equip the doctors’ cars with additional medical equipment. During the 1980s, the ran the ‘Rescue Radios’ campaign, which resulted in donations of over £180,000 being given. This funded the purchase of two-way radios for all the doctors, A&E and the control room, together with an analogue radio mast. The scheme went from strength to strength and at its peak, had over 200 doctors registered. The organisation receives no government or NHS funding and since its inception, has been funded entirely by donations from the public, an occasional legacy and some gifts from grant-making Trusts. The 1990s saw the introduction of better equipped ambulances and far better trained paramedics, who were able to deal with the vast majority of more serious incidents, without reliance on doctors. At the same time, it was becoming more difficult and costly for GP’s to maintain the high level of skills required to bring advanced pre-hospital care to patients. As a consequence, NARS went into a serious decline, due to a reduction in the perceived need for such a voluntary service.
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  • "We need your support. Before you need us"
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  • Registered Charity No. 261666
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