Towcester and Weedon Community Responder Schemes Join forces

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 in Latest News

Towcester & Weedon Community responders have joined forces to create a South Northants Community Responder Scheme. The new scheme will be able to provide a better service to the local community offering streamlined management and increased recruitment capability.

Any new schemes that are set up in the local area will also be affiliated with the South Northants Scheme.

The Scheme is officially launching on the 1st April 2012.

CFR’s give as little or as much time as they can to be ‘on call’ working on a rota basis and may be activated by the Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre should a suitable ‘999’ call be made from the responder’s local area. Because they live or work in their own communities they can often arrive sooner than the ambulance which can make all the difference in situations such as a cardiac arrest where the patient has stopped breathing.

The equipment responders carry includes an automated external defibrillator (AED), oxygen and other first aid equipment. Training is conducted by the ambulance service to a nationally recognised standard.

Community First Responders come from all different walks of life and volunteer for many different reasons.

Potential CFR’s need to have a caring attitude, be aged over 18 years, with a full clean driving licence and access to a car and live within Towcester or one of the surrounding villages. Full enhanced criminal records bureau checks are carried out on all CFR’s prior to commencing training.

Your local CFR team needs more volunteers now. Could you make a new year’s resolution to help members of your community in their time of need?

If you are interested in finding out more information with a view to volunteering as a CFR, then please get in touch with the group coordinator via the website: click here for the contact us page.