We were joined in the studio this evening by Ray Saunders, who spoke about the East of England Ambulance Service, and highlighted the need for more Community First Responders.
Community First Responders are volunteers sent by the ambulance control to life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrests. They live or work in areas where a group is set up and can get to an incident in just a few minutes while an ambulance resource is on its way. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and, in doing so, keep the patient alive until the arrival of the more highly skilled ambulance crew, who are trained to undertake further life saving techniques.
To find out more about the role of the CFRs, and whether you would be suited, visit the East of England Ambulance Service website: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm