03 October 2020
5d 4h 56m
Fleet and Church Crookham Community First Responders provides a much loved and valued service for the community. For the last ten years, our responders have attended 999 calls on behalf of the South East Coast Ambulance service.
Community First Responders (CFR's) are local people, who volunteer to respond to emergency ambulance calls within the local area. The Fleet & Church Crookham scheme also provides cover to the villages of Crondall, Ewshot, Crookham Village, and Dogmersfield. Similar schemes exist across the country, and the Fleet & Church Crookham scheme can also be called upon to attend emergencies in neighbouring towns, during periods of high demand.
When a suitable 999 call is received by SECAmb's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Crawley, responders are dispatch by a dedicated desk at the same time as an ambulance resource. As there are no ambulance resources based in the Fleet area, responders are often able to administer treatment several minutes before help would otherwise arrive. This is particularly important in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, as a patient's chances of several decrease by 10% for each minute without defibrillation being administered. For this reason, the scheme has also set up, and continues to maintain, several of the public access defibrillators within the local area.
All responders are comprehensively trained by South East Coast Ambulance Service, and carry a range of equipment. This includes a defibrillator, oxygen, and observation equipment. The scheme issues each responder with their own set of equipment, so several responders are often booked on at the same time. This means that our responders can be in attendance at multiple incidents at the same time as each other, benefiting more patients.
Although volunteers core expenses are reimbursed from the ambulance service, the scheme does not receive any regular funding. Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, we have been able to raise the funds to purchase equipment and uniform for more responders, as well as set up more public access defibrillator sites. Donations enable us to continue our vital, life saving work.
In addition, the scheme helps to support the 26 public access defibrillator sites in the area, maintaining 13 of those themselves. We also provide resuscitation and defibrillator training to the community, free of charge.
We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our service!
Thank you for your support and good luck!
Mr THOMAS GALLAGHER
Community First Responder Team Leader
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