Two thousand and seventeen reasons to volunteer in 2017
Date: 29 December 2016
We started writing the list, but then realised you only need two reasons to volunteer in 2017.
If you want to learn to save a life and want to make a difference to your community, becoming a CFR might be for you.
This year 327 people became community first responders (CFR) this year after training from our staff and joined the almost 300 CFR groups in the East.
Steve Catley, Lead Community Collaboration Manager for EEAST, said: “New Year is a time for making resolutions and setting goals for the forthcoming year. By becoming a CFR you will be joining a big family of life-savers and will be making a vital contribution to your community and the ambulance service.
“We are privileged to have so many dedicated CFRs who give up a lot of their time to volunteer. However, you can still make a difference if you can only spare a few hours a week.”
First responders are trained by EEAST, usually over a weekend, to respond to medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, patients with chest pain, breathing difficulties, allergic reactions and diabetes emergencies.
Because CFRs volunteer where they live or work, they often reach a patient before the arrival of an ambulance clinician.
Shauna Tate joined Thetford CFRs in 2016 after her son was treated for sepsis earlier in the year. She tells her story in this new video
Start 2017 with a resolution to help people in your community