19 January 2016 - Rossendale Community First Responder Team Leader To Step Down Brian Pickup MBE receiving Ambulance Service Institute Award from Baroness Browning Rossendale Community First Responder (CFR) Team Leader, Brian Pickup MBE is to step down after twelve years at the helm. Brian first volunteered with North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) to become a CFR in December 2003 whilst he was teaching science at Fearns Community Sports Colleage in Bacup. After undertaking advanced training he then became Rossendale’s Team Leader and Trainer. Brian has taught hundreds of CFRs and is an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader, often spending many hours doing research and constructing lesson plans to help enhance the four day training programme for other volunteers. Over the last few years Brian has lead an initiative throughout Rossendale to educate and train local people on how to use a defibrillator and how they can help if a person suffers a cardiac arrest. CFRs are members of the public who give their time freely to help others within their community and are called out to a range of potentially serious incidents. They can give that vital first aid to help save a life or provide support and reassurance to a patient until an ambulance arrives. The Rossendale CFR Team, headed by Brian, has achieved many significant milestones and numerous awards which include the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Brian himself was awarded the MBE for Services to Health and the Community of Rossendale in 2013 and is a recipient of an Ambulance Service Institute Award. Andy Redgrave, NWAS CFR Community Engagement Manager said: “Brian has been the team leader for Rossendale for many years and his dedication has enabled the team to go from strength to strength. “His leadership skills and humour will be missed by everyone in the team and his professionalism is something to be admired, as everything he does is for the benefit of the patient and the community. “It’s been a privilege to have worked with him over the years and we wish Brian all the very best and thank him for all his help and support in raising the profile of basic life support and defibrillators to make our communities a safer place to be.” Brian said: "I shall continue to be a responder as that was the reason I joined and I shall continue instructing courses and members of the public, as well as delivering talks to anyone who wants to listen about responding and defibrillators. “I would like to thank the Rossendale Team for their phenomenal support over the years by helping to make it a very satisfying job. Thanks to the field trainers for their sterling efforts and to the local ambulance crews who have assisted, supported and instructed us over the years and continue to do so. “I have no doubt that the Rossendale Team will go from strength to strength". NWAS are recruiting new CFR volunteers from across the region and no previous first aid training is needed to get involved. To find out more go to www.nwas-responders.info. The Rossendale CFR group are particularly interested in hearing from those who live in Bacup, Weir, Crawshawbooth and Edenfield.