New project aims to help save more lives
A new vehicle and group of community first responders will help make the most of the first few minutes which are vital in saving a life.
Volunteer community first responders (CFRs) are already in place all over the county and help the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) in responding to emergencies.
But now, a new car made possible thanks to a £10,000 donation from Potters Resort,will mean a joint project between CFRs and charity Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) which will provide even more cover.
Steve Maddams, the NARS community first responder group’s operational lead, said there were 21 experienced CFRs already on board.
He said: “They have to have experience of one year or more and we managed to get 21 people. We had the operational training on Saturday and already the car has had six call outs.
“We’re tasked to medical emergencies, the car is based at Longwater ambulance station and so they will go out on a day or night for 10 to 12 hours and go anywhere the ambulance control room asks them to.”
The new group will mainly help in the area between Wells and Hunstanton, as well as in Norwich.
Mr Maddams said: “For example, in Wells, you can have 10 times the people at this time of year, and areas such as Norwich can be really, really busy.”
Mr Maddams said NARS, a critical care charity, was keen to make more people aware of the chain of survival - that is early access to an emergency response team, early CPR, the early use of a defibrillator, and early advanced care.
He said: “NARS chairman Chris Neil has said we need to get the awareness of CPR and defibrillators out there for the public and this project is helping that and will run alongside the critical care services. We’re trying to provide as much coverage as possible where we can, and hopefully try to assist in saving lives.”
Signage for the car was provided by Ken Venables at Signs Express.
• To find out more about NARS visit www.nars.org.uk