New volunteer life-savers “pass with flying colours”

Date: 19 July 2016

Hertfordshire Community First Responders - July 2016

A network of lifesavers in Hertfordshire has been boosted with the addition of five new volunteers who passed their training last week (Monday, 11th July).

The new community first responders (CFRs) completed their training at Letchworth ambulance station and will be based in various locations throughout the county including Harpenden, Watford, Pavenham, Hitchin, and Stevenage.

The responders were put through an 18-hour course by staff at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) over a weekend which involved learning how to assess patients and vital lifesaving skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using a defibrillator.

Having been trained in basic life support, it allows the CFRs to attend medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests in their communities. Their aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives on scene.

Community Partnership Training Officer Simon Marshall said: “The new CFRs worked really hard, they were all extremely eager to get involved and passed with flying colours, I want to thank them for their dedication and wish them the best of luck in the future.”

For more information becoming a CFR, visit: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm or email: responderadmin@eastamb.nhs.uk

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