(Community First Responders)
Our Group consists of dedicated volunteers and we are organised around two important parts of our work.
Firstly we have the Charitable Trust (Number 1142664) which manages and raises funds for our equipment. The things we purchase include items such as uniform, Public Access Defibrilators (PAD's), and consumables such as batteries and cabinets for PAD's.
Secondly, we provide a rapid response in our communities.
The Ambulance Sevice simply does not have the resources available to provide an ambulance in every village or small town. Even where they can do this it is unlikeley to be available 24 hours a day and be immediateley available when needed because of other calls for their attendance. As good as our Trust managers are in providing cover, meeting the Government target of getting an ambulance to you in 8 minutes can be difficult to meet. When waiting for an ambulance in an emergency 8 minutes will seem like an eternity anyway.
This is where CFR's really do make a difference.
Living just a few miles away, possibly very close, a fully trained and equipped volunteer could be ready to respond.
Unfortunately, anyone can suffer a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is unpredictable and can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere - even teenagers and very young children. Although pre-existing heart disease is a common cause of cardiac arrest, many victims have never had a heart problem. Risk does increase with age.
Without immediate treatment, only 5-10 percent of people survive SCA. But survival rates above 50 percent have been achieved in places that have successfully implemented Automated External Defibrillator (AED) programs. Survival rates can climb even higher when the person is treated withing three minutes of cardiac arrest. The chain of survival is simple to understand and we can help. Can you?
We live in the Community we serve
We can respond quickly
We provide emergency support to those in need
We often arrive before the ambulance can get to you
We are a significant link in the Chain of survival
We provide AED's in PAD sites within our Community For details click here
We can help train you to provide that vital treatment and improve survival rates For more detail click here