Community First Responders are volunteers who give their time freely to help care for people and save lives in their community. We are everyday members of the general public who are trained to deal with a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions until the arrival of an ambulance.
Very often the role we play is one of reassurance, for example in instances where someone has chest pains but in more extreme cases we can perform CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) or use a defibrillator to restart someone's heart.
We provide support to the regular Ambulance Service by attending serious and life threatening 999 calls in and around the Tadley area to provide the earliest possible intervention for patients in the first few minutes until the arrival of an Ambulance.
The ambulance service dispatcher is able to send us to a range of incidents; we are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance crews but because we are closer we often arrive before the ambulance. In cases of cardiac arrest it has been identified that the chance of a positive outcome reduces by approximately 10% for every minute that effective CPR and defibrillation are delayed.
The scheme can be incredibly rewarding as responders we could well end up saving someone's life.
Anyone who lives or works in the Tadley can get involved with the scheme, whether it's to be a First Responder, or to help with other vital tasks such as fund-raising, support or administration. Volunteers do not need previous first aid experience to join their local group, as full training will be provided.
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