The First Responders are a group of local volunteers who help the community by responding to medical emergencies. They are trained by the Ambulance Service to help respond to medical emergencies received by the 999 system in our own community before the arrival of an emergency ambulance.
The First Responders do not replace the response from the Ambulance service – they complement the response you receive and try to reduce the time you wait for medical assistance.
In many cases, the team’s intervention can literally mean the difference between life and death.
In cases of cardiac arrest, a patient’s heart literally stops – without defibrillation their chances of survival decreases by 10% for every minute that goes by. The First Responders are trained to use automatic defibrillators and can therefore provide this vital intervention.
For information about the “Chain of Survival”, which relates to survival rates after cardiac arrests, please click here.
The First Responders are looking for new volunteers to join them. If you are interested in finding out how you could help, please contact John and Pat Moody on 01647 61675.