Are you up for a challenge, a good listener, do you enjoy meeting people, have a full driving licence and do you want to make a difference in your community? Then you could be the person that Tadley Community First Responders are looking for!
We are volunteers that are trained by the Ambulance Service in the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), oxygen therapy and basic life-saving skills who can provide vital support and treatment to patients until the arrival of an ambulance. Seven out of ten cardiac arrests occur outside of hospital and currently in the UK only 2-3% of these people survive. Clinical evidence states that when people are suffering from life threatening conditions, such as cardiac arrest, people who receive rapid treatment, have a greater chance of survival.
In cases of cardiac arrest a patient’s chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute that passes which means that early defibrillation is vital. Due to our location we can often be on scene within 5 minutes and start that immediate and often vital lifesaving treatment before the nearest available ambulance crew arrives.
Our CFRs are all ages and come from all walks of life with loads of different reasons to volunteer but we all try to make a difference in our community.
We are all trained and have the equipment to support an individual with various medical emergencies until the arrival of an emergency response. Some conditions that we are able to deal with include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Heart attack
- Diabetic emergencies
- Traumatic emergencies (not road traffic collisions)
- Breathing difficulties
- Patients suffering from seizures
- Chest pains
- Unconscious patients
- Paediatric and children