VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED TO BECOME COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS IN BUCKS
South Central Ambulance Service are currently looking for volunteer Community First Responders and I would be grateful if you could distribute the details below to your colleagues and also if possible as an article on your newsletter.
SCAS encourages members of the public to become Community First Responders in Buckinghamshire
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is encouraging members of the public to play a valuable role in their Buckinghamshire neighbourhoods by becoming Community First Responders (CFRs).
CFRs are volunteers available to be dispatched by the ambulance Emergency Operations Centre to attend appropriate medical emergencies in their local area. Volunteers undergo two days of training at one of our training centres, explaining how to recognise and treat many serious and life threatening medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrest to strokes in the elderly through to infants, to name but a few of the situations the volunteers may face.
Dave Johnson, a Community First Responder for the Wendover area and also a Buckinghamshire Governor for SCAS, said: “The role of a CFR is to provide assistance to those with a medical emergency and most importantly to start and maintain the chain of survival in cardiac arrest patients until an ambulance crew arrives.”
Dave went on to explain why an early response is vital.
He added: “Our Community First Responders continue to support our frontline operations and we are encouraging new volunteers to join the service. These are valuable volunteer CFRs in local communities who are able to respond to appropriate incidents and assist patients in a serious or life threatening condition before the arrival of an ambulance crew. They make a real difference by saving seconds and minutes which can make the difference to the patient’s outcome.”
Anyone can become a community first responder, as long as they are aged 18 and over and have held a full UK driving licence for a minimum of one year.
No previous medical experience is needed and the ambulance service provides a comprehensive training course and continuous support, together with flexible hours.
Community First Responders log on when they want to, for as long as they want to on the days that they want to. They work in and for their local community.
For further details please go to http://www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/our-services/communityresponders.ashx
The Trust also welcomes residents who would be interested in getting involved with fundraising, attending events etc. Contact 0800 587 0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Monica Moro ACIM
Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer
Communications and Marketing department
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PARKING IN GEORGE ROAD DURING SCHOOL RUNS
Stokenchurch Primary School, the Parish Council and Thames Valley Police have joined together in an initiative to try to solve the problems caused in George Road during school drop-off and pick-up times. The main issues are danger to children and inconsiderate parking.
The Parish Council has written to every parent highlighting their concern. Similarly the police have issued a 'Do and Don't' guidance note. The school have circulated these via their intranet and hand delivered others.
An unofficial one-way system already exists during the two critical periods - in from the A40 via Pigeon Farm Road, out via George Road. County Councillor Carl Etholen has been approached about the problems. He thought the suggestion of making a formal one way system had merit but warned that the process was costly and time-consuming. It was recognised that these problems may be exacerbated when the Tesco store opens.
Other suggestions have been put forward - use the Adult Education Centre car park, a 20 m.p.h. speed limit, school gates opening earlier. These will be progressed.
URGENT APPEAL FOR HELP - STOKENCHURCH COMMUNITY TRANSPORT
Stokenchurch Community Transport (SCT) provides an essential service to our village. They provide mobility to the elderly and disabled enabling them to get to appointments at the Medical Centre, do shopping and meet friends and acquaintances at the Day Centre. Without the SCT many would be left without any form of transport.
SCT is desperately short of drivers and helpers. If you think you can spare an hour or so of your time on a regular basis, please contact DOUG TUCKER on 01494 482211 or 07799 881682