Do you have what it takes to be a community first responder?
The Knutsford CFR team has been in operation since 2002 and responds to over 70 calls a month. The team currently has 11 CFRs who volunteer in their spare time to be available for selected 999 calls and is on the look out for new recruits to join them in helping their community.
CFR groups work with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) across the region and are trained by NWAS to deliver basic life support and defibrillation to patients in cardiac arrest. They are also trained to attend a range of conditions where they can administer oxygen and first aid and play a reassurance role for the patient in advance of the ambulance arriving.
Nicola Lomax, Community Resuscitation Development Officer for the NWAS, said: “Community First Responders are not a replacement for an emergency ambulance vehicle as an ambulance is always despatched to an emergency call, but an ‘on-call’ member of the Responder team working in the area from where the call is made, may be nearer and able to provide help within a matter of a minute.
“People can commit as much or as little time as they feel able, ideally a minimum of 4 hours a week. So pop down to Booths and meet one of the team members if you are interested in more information.”
Volunteers can be male or female, aged over eighteen years and no previous experience is necessary.
On November 27 and 28 the team will be holding an awareness day at Booths supermarket in Knutsford from 9am – 7pm each day to promote the work that they do within the local community. Alternatively, please contact Central Office on 01772 903 989 or visit the website www.knutsfordfirstresponders.org.uk or www.nwas-responders.com