COMMERCIAL: The ambulance trust has become the first service in the country to purchase voice and data firm Airwave’s TETRA Messenger devices for its community first response teams, the firm reported today.

NWAS has purchased the service for a three year term and placed an initial order for 330 devices, the company said in a statement.

The GPS enabled devices allow two-way messaging and alerting over the firm’s secure TETRA Network.

Ray Lunt, NWAS programme director, said: “The device is simple and easy to use and offers users the functionality to store up to 40 pre-defined messages. In the past our responders were unable to respond in a situation which made it difficult for us to know who was available and where they were located.”