With the demands on emergency ambulance services continuously growing Community First Responders (CFRs) are increasingly valuable. They are called by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) to attend potentially life-threatening incidents, such as cardiac arrests or strokes – often helping to save the lives of people in their local communities by being at a scene very quickly in those crucial first few moments before paramedics arrive.
CFRs live or work in their own ‘patch’ and can often reach a patient a few minutes earlier than an emergency ambulance. They are fully trained volunteers who have the skills and equipment to immediately begin assessing and treating the patient and those few minutes can make all the difference between life and death.
At present CFRs are expected to use their own vehicles to attend calls and this can raise various practical difficulties. The High Wycombe Lions have started a £15,000 fund raising project to facilitate the purchase of a dedicated response vehicle which will allow local CFRs to become a ‘patrolling’ asset to the ambulance service able to respond even more quickly.
Chiltern Shakespeare is pleased to be supporting the Lions in 2019 by helping to fund a new response vehicle.
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