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Community First Responders needed in West Norfolk

Community First Responders needed in West Norfolk

Published by KLFM
7:20am 16th March 2020.

The hunt is on for more volunteers to join the Comminity First Responders (CFRs) in West Norfolk.

They support paramedics, by getting to potentially life-threatening situations first, to offer support and care to the patient, until the more highly skilled ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment.

Each volunteer receives training from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Andrew Barlow, Community Response Manager, said: 

"CFRs make a vital difference to our communities and every minute counts when someone is seriously ill, which is why volunteers attending emergencies where they live, or work is crucial.
"Our thorough training course provides them with vital lifesaving skills, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of a defibrillator, as well as treating allergic reactions, choking and breathing difficulties."

The roles will be spread out across the county, with at least eight roles available in Wells, Cromer and West Norfolk, where there is a dedicated CFR vehicle that has been funded by community donations.
A collection of roadshows will take place on the below dates where people can come and meet the CFR team, find more about the role, look at the response equipment and sign up if interested.

  • Friday 3rd April - The Parish Hall, Church Street, Cromer (12 noon - 3pm)
  • Saturday 4th April - The Maltings Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea (10am - 3pm)
  • Saturday 25th April - The Methodist Church, Austen Road, Hunstanton (10am - 5pm)

If you feel you could become a community first responder or a supporter and need more information, 0345 601 3733 (01603 481220 out of hours). You can complete an online form or email your request for information to CFR@eastamb.nhs.uk.