25th Oct, 2016

Could you be a Broadway lifesaver?

Evesham Editorial 26th Jun, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN APPEAL has been made for Broadway residents to become volunteer lifesavers.

Community First Responders (CFRs) are everyday members of the public trained in techniques which could help save a person’s life, including the use of a defibrillator to restart someones heart after a cardiac arrest.

They are particularly needed in the South Worcestershire area.

Applicants, who must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence, will attend a nationally recognised training course which covers basic life support and defibrillation, medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies and preparing for active duty.

Noel Orbell, community response manager, said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life.

“When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed up by an emergency

ambulance service vehicle.”

Michelle Brotherton, West Midlands Ambulance Service general manager for West Mercia, added: “We really support

Community First Responders and call upon them to help their local community.

“They are an integral part of the ambulance service. The work they do is outstanding and is greatly valued. It’s about giving something back to their local community.

“In a life-threatening case every minute makes a difference.”

For more information or to become a CFR e-mail CFRAadmin@wmas.nhs.uk or call the admin office on 01384 215855.