New CFRs complete their training in Cambridgeshire
Date: 27 September 2016
Four new volunteer life-savers have joined the ambulance family after becoming community first responders (CFR).
The recruits are now ready to respond to patients in their communities after completing their training at the weekend.
They passed their assessments at Peterborough ambulance station on 24th September and will join groups in Huntingdon, Peterborough, Wisbech St Mary and Cringleford.
The responders were put through an 18-hour course by trainers from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), which involved learning how to assess patients and vital lifesaving skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using a defibrillator.
They will be attending medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, allergic reactions, chokings, patients with breathing difficulties or chest pain and diabetic emergencies.
Community Collaboration Manager Andrew Barlow said: “Every minute counts when someone is in cardiac arrest, which is why CFRs attending emergencies where they live or work helps save lives.
“Congratulations to our new CFRs who have worked really hard and will make a great difference to their communities and I’d like to wish them all the best for their future responding.”
They have become CFRs just a few weeks before Restart a Heart Day where thousands of schoolchildren will be taught CPR on 18th October.
For more information on becoming a CFR, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Four new community first responders have completed their training in Cambridgeshire