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Rutland First Responders
Community First Responders are volunteers who give their time freely to help save lives in their community. Responders are everyday members of the general public who are trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators and the treatment and control of a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions.
CPR demonstration while helping at Rutland County Fair:
In cases of heart attack – which can frequently lead to cardiac arrest – it has been identified that early intervention can result in a significant improvement in prognosis. First Responders provide support to the regular Ambulance Service by attending serious and life threatening 999 calls in and around the community to provide the earliest possible intervention for patients in the first few minutes until the arrival of an Ambulance.
By attending cardiac arrests in their local area Community First Responders can provide defibrillation within these golden minutes and so improve the survival rate of patients.
We provide an additional resource to the ambulance service responding to life threatening 999 calls.
Dealing with cases in our local area we are able to arrive before ambulance crews and provide defibrillation and other life-saving care as well as promoting recovery before a crew arrives.
How are we funded?
We are a totally self-funded scheme. It costs approximately £2,500 to equip each member of the team and without the generous support of the community, we couldn’t operate.
Please help us by donating to our funds.