First responders are in demand

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BENFLEET first responders say they are getting busier by the week.

East of England Ambulance Service volunteer community first responders, are now being called to an average of 900 emergencies a month across the region, compared with 700 last year, according to figures released during National Volunteers’ Week.

The increase has been put down to a new control room setup and a text alert system, which allows life-saving responders to be contacted faster and more easily.

Benfleet’s first responders have been called to 241 incidents this year so far.

David Flood, from the Benfleet group, said: “We are always busy and now we have more members, we can cover more hours of the day.”

The group was started in 2005, and now has eight trained firstaiders, each of whom is on standby as much as 16 hours a month.

Mr Flood said: “We are being utilised more. Our training manager is a trainee paramedic, so we have built up a good relationship with the local ambulance service.”

To learn about becoming a first responder, email responder admin@eastamb.nhs.uk

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12:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Good to hear they are earning their wages, gone I hope are the days of seeing them parked up, having a sneaky break..
Good to hear they are earning their wages, gone I hope are the days of seeing them parked up, having a sneaky break.. Nowthatsworthknowing
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3:49pm Sat 28 Jun 14

the.transporter says...

Community first responders are a charity group, these are a fantastic group of people who give their time free to help out the NHS.
Community first responders are a charity group, these are a fantastic group of people who give their time free to help out the NHS. the.transporter
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12:35am Tue 8 Jul 14

sound_man says...

The role and work of CFRs is to safe lives. What do the fire service do between calls? Although firefighters are much more proactive in their role than they were 20 years ago, so are the police and ambulance service and both need the role of volunteers to help.
The role and work of CFRs is to safe lives. What do the fire service do between calls? Although firefighters are much more proactive in their role than they were 20 years ago, so are the police and ambulance service and both need the role of volunteers to help. sound_man
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