About us

Our History

In Cornwall there is little that the emergency crews can do about the time it takes to get to Padstow, St Mawes or a distressed ship in the Atlantic, however, thanks to the work of FLEET and the kind donations received from the people of Cornwall and beyond, they carry the best possible means of stabilising and saving lives.

FLEET is a registered charity that was formed by Cornish Ambulance Staff in 1990 with the aim of upgrading and standardising the equipment carried on all of Cornwall’s Ambulances.  With generous help from the Cornish people, businesses and organisations FLEET has raised over £1,000,000 since 1990, all of which has been put into providing vital equipment that helps save lives across the county.

Since its’ inception the aim of FLEET has widened and the charity now provides equipment to all the services that give emergency medical support to the public.  FLEET equipment is in constant use on

  • all the county’s emergency ambulances
  • emergency response motorbikes and cars
  • Royal Naval Search and Rescue helicopters based at RNAS Culdrouse
  • Cornwall County Fire Engines
  • Cornish HM Coastguard teams
  • Cornish RNLI Lifeboats
  • Cornwall’s Air Ambulance

More recently FLEET, with the British Heart Foundation, has been instrumental in the creation and equipping of First Responders who are members of the public trained to provide critical life saving treatment including defibrillation in their local area.  This has helped to cut emergency response times by 3% and ultimately save lives.

The Trustees

Dr Peter Cox

Dr Peter Cox

Chairman

Peter has been instrumental in the progression of paramedic training since the 1970s. Peter was a GP in Bodmin and spent many hours training Ambulance staff to provide better care at the roadside. Peter was approached to become a member of FLEET in 1989, he became President and we have no intention of letting him go.

Norman Trebilcock MBE

Norman Trebilcock MBE

Founder and General Manager

Norman Trebilcock MBE is the key to the success of FLEET, he was a full-time paramedic for 32 years before he retired in 2012. He was awarded the MBE in 2008 for his dedication and commitment to raising funds in support of providing the highest standards of patient care through the purchasing of equipment for front line ambulances.

Eric Buchanan

Eric Buchanan

Treasurer

Also part of the charity’s driving force is Eric Buchanan, the charity’s treasurer, who is a former bank manager and been working with Norman since the creation of FLEET around 20 years ago. In 2010 Eric was presented with The Southwestern Ambulance Trust Chairman’s Award for his hard work and dedication to the charity.

Dr David Ashton-Clearly

Dr David Ashton-Clearly

Trustee

Dr Matthew Steed

Dr Matthew Steed

Trustee

A Geoffrey Brown

A Geoffrey Brown

Trustee

Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman

Trustee

Allan Cottle MBE

Allan Cottle MBE

Trustee

Hilary Pitts

Hilary Pitts

Trustee

Stevie Small

Stevie Small

Trustee

Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor

Trustee