15 March 2016 - New CFRs Recruited in Cumbria

New Cumbria Cfrs

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) has welcomed brand new recruits to its Community First Responder (CFR) teams in Cumbria that will assist in providing life-saving help to local residents.

Alongside their working lives and everyday commitments, volunteer CFRs give local support for ambulance crews as they are called to emergency incidents on an on-call basis at the same time as paramedics. They often can reach a patient first as they are already based within the community and so can start basic life support procedures such as CPR. This can be crucial in rural areas for situations such as cardiac arrests in which minutes really can make the difference between life and death.

All the new CFRs undertook the required first aid training course which was taught over two weekends in Keswick by Tony Lavelle, a NWAS Paramedic from East Lancashire, and everyone passed with flying colours.

They are now equipped with defibrillators, oxygen and medical supplies, all ready to be called out to emergencies within Silloth, Thursby, Ulverston, Dalton, Lorton, Ambleside, Carlisle, Wigton, Morland and Gosforth.

NWAS has one of the largest and longest established Community First Responder schemes in the country, with over 1200 active CFRs shared between 134 teams throughout the region. 

The Trust is always looking for more people to volunteer as CFRs. Those who are interested don’t need to have had any previous first aid experience as all training will be given. If you are over 18, hold a full UK driving licence, have access to a car and are fit and healthy, NWAS would like to hear from you.

To find out more information and for details of how to apply to take up this rewarding role go to www.nwas-responders.info