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Tideswell Community First Responders

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) always provides the fastest possible response to emergency calls using its conventional resources such as ambulances and fast response cars. However, for patients experiencing cardiac arrest every second counts: for every minute that passes without defibrillation a person’s chance of survival can decrease by up to 10%. The fact is, in more rural and hard to reach areas, Community First Responders have a much better chance of providing the immediate help needed prior to the arrival of an EMAS ambulance crew.

In addition to dealing with cardiac arrest, Community First Responders can provide help to patients suffering from other medical conditions such as a heart attack or breathing difficulties. By using simple techniques, such as putting someone into the recovery position, a life could be saved. The types of emergency calls which Community Responders are sent to are carefully chosen and an ambulance is always dispatched at the same time as the Community First Responder is alerted.

Community First Responders are a volunteer group and self-funding with the group having to raise funds to purchase a set of equipment so that it is immediately to hand when they go on call. A kit includes a portable defibrillator and a medical bag equipped with oxygen, masks and various other medical devices and first aid equipment. Whilst EMAS provide some of the equipment we nevertheless still need to raise about £1600 to meet the costs of the equipment we must buy ourselves.

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The images above are from a TDCA coffee morning held in March 2017 to raise money for TCFR and fora life-saving Defibrillator situated out side the CoOp.

Meet The Community First Responders

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TCFR would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to all that attended our coffee morning, and those that couldn’t but donated. Total amount raised, £464. Fantastic support from the village and surrounding area and it will go a long way to maintain the group’s aim to expand.

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