New community first responders complete their training in Norfolk

Ambulances. Picture: James Bass

Ambulances. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2008

More than a dozen volunteer life-savers have joined the ambulance service after completing community first responder (CFR) training.

The 13 new recruits are ready to respond to patients in their communities and will join groups in Stalham, Costessey, Brundall, Harleston, Acle, Attleborough, and Sheringham.

The responders attended an 18-hour course by trainers from the East of England Ambulance Service, learning how to assess patients and vital lifesaving skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and using a defibrillator.

They will be attending medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, allergic reactions, chokings, patients with breathing difficulties or chest pain and diabetic emergencies.

Community collaboration manager Andrew Barlow said: 'I'm delighted to see such a large group of eager new volunteers ready to start saving lives in their communities.

'I'd like to wish them all the best for their future responding.'

- For information on becoming a CFR, visit www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders or email responderadmin@eastamb.nhs.uk.

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