Who and what are Community First Responders?
They are local volunteers who are trained by the East Anglia Ambulance Service (NHS Trust) to provide immediate first aid at a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrive.
The CFR scheme was originally set up to provide an emergency service for cardiac arrests in rural areas, where the response time within 8 -10 minutes was unlikely, resulting in irreversible effects. They are now a valued part of the Ambulance Crew, providing valued assistance in emergency situations:
- Cardiac arrest
- Heart attack
- Diabetic emergencies
- Breathing difficulties
- Patients suffering a seizure
- Chest pains
- Unconscious patients
We are privileged to have three trained volunteers; Tracy Curry, Clive Williamson and Steve Parker who live and work in our community, giving up their spare time where possible, to be on call 24hours a day 365 days a year.
Alerted by a mobile device, they will be despatched by Ambulance Control who have taken the 999 call, at the same time as the Ambulance Crew. On arrival, they assess the emergency, providing immediate first aid if needed, establishing the patients’ medical history.
They will assist the Ambulance Crew when they arrive, passing on the information gained on the patient.
Want to join the team? If you feel you could become a community first responder or a supporter, and would like more information, please contact Debbie Lamond Group Co-ordinator on 07810 353426.
We are a registered charity and donations are welcomed. Charity Number: 1047987