Community First Responders

 

The Community First Responders provide emergency help to residents of Clare and the surrounding areas.  A rota has been established whereby Community First Responder volunteers are on standby to answer requests for assistance from the Ambulance Service.

The emergency equipment (including defibrillators) is allocated to whichever of the Community First Responders are on standby.  The group have received a number of requests from the emergency service and have been able to respond, prior to the arrival of the ambulance, on a number of occasions.

First responders in action

First Responders in action

Additional volunteers are needed, to increase both the areas around Clare where coverage can be provided, and to extend the time periods when the Community First Responder coverage can be made available.

After first aid training by the East Anglia Ambulance Trust in the use of the defibrillators and other equipment, each member contributes as little or as much time as they are able, and receives full support from the group.  The Community First Responders are not called out by the ambulance service to traumatic incidents (such as car accidents), incidents involving children nor situations where the Ambulance Service believe there would be a danger to the Community First Responders.

Leaflets describing the work of the Community First Responders are available in the Clare Pharmacy.

If you are interested to learn more about the Community First Responders, please contact us.

Contact: Community Responder Partnership Manager
T: 07710 340 640
E: responderadmin(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)eastamb.nhs.uk

Note: a defibrillator is located in the Co-op in Market Hill

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