Volunteers needed for First Responders – can you help?
WE NEED YOU
The original members of Caldbeck Area First Responders have been going since 2003 and some of us are getting ‘a bit long in the tooth’ now so we really need some younger volunteers to join us. There are eleven in the team at the moment and we are all fully equipped with up to date defibrillators and kit. We have 7 Heartstart Instructors in the team and have delivered basic life support skills to thousands of people across Cumbria. We have also installed 4 public access defibrillators in our area, the first one at Caldbeck Parish Hall in October 2011, then one at Hesket Newmarket in 2012 and in February 2013 one was installed at Millhouse. Another bought with money donated in memory of Michael John Miller was installed in December 2013 near the shop. We also bought a defibrillator for Fellview School and we trained all the children in basic life support skills last year. A further public access defibrillator will be placed soon at Fellside. In 2012 ten members of the team received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and we were one of the first teams to be awarded the Cardiac Smart Gold Award in 2012 and again 2015.
Community First Responders are volunteers who give their time freely to help care for people and save lives in their community. Responders are everyday members of the general public who are trained to deal with a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions until the arrival of an ambulance. You can find out more by visiting the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) website nwas-responders.info
Initial training is provided by NWAS. After assessment you would be expected to keep up your training once a month with the team and you would be reassessed every year by a paramedic. We actually live in a very healthy part of the world and are not called out too frequently but callouts can be at any time of the day or night. If none of that has put you off then please call us to find out more.
Philippa Groves 016974 78555, or Pat Shaw 016974 78639