Norfolk CFR group completes 'circle of life' with 16th defibrillator
Date: 08 December 2016
A community first responder group has marked the end of 2016 with the installation of its 16th defibrillator.
Brundall CFRs have been fundraising for the last seven years for the life-saving devices.
The installation of their 16th community public access defibrillator at Lingwood village hall completes the “circle of life” around the area the CFR group covers.
Co-ordinator Christine Wheeler said: “We started off the circle of life to make a ring around our area so that no one is five minutes away from a defibrillator.
“There are a few gaps. However, I think we have got to the limit as there is nowhere where we can physically put another one.”
The CFR group has installed defibrillators in Brundall, Lingwood, Upton, Strumpshaw, and Blofield Heath, including the first McDonald’s restaurant in the country to host one.
The funding has come from donations from businesses and an online charity shop.
More than 1,000 people have been trained to use the defibrillators so that they know what to do if someone collapses and goes into cardiac arrest.
Community first responders are trained by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to respond to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, allergic reactions, diabetes emergencies and patients with breathing difficulties and chest pain.
Andrew Barlow, Community Collaboration Manager for Norfolk, added: “The group continues to support their community by offering talks, CPR awareness as well as responder cover and are a real asset.”
A CFR group has completed the 'circle of life' around the area it covers