Life-saver group launches appeal for equipment

New Longton First responders who respond to 999 calls in the communities of New Longton, Longton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Leyland, Much Hoole, Walmer Bridge, Ashton on Ribble.
New Longton First responders who respond to 999 calls in the communities of New Longton, Longton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Leyland, Much Hoole, Walmer Bridge, Ashton on Ribble.
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A small life-saving volunteer team is appealing for funds to help buy vital equipment.

The team – set up in November 2010 by team leader Laura Foxon – currently consists of 10 volunteers who live within the coverage area, meeting once a month.

Although some equipment is supplied by North West Ambulance Service it needs to raise funds for additional response kits and pagers.

Community first responders are trained and activated by North West Ambulance NHS Service NHS Trust to attend certain calls where time can make the difference between life and death – such as chest pain, breathing difficulties, cardiac arrest, unconsciousness, fitting, haemorrhage and diabetic emergencies.

The responder provides care and support to the patient and relatives until the arrival of the ambulance.

Each volunteer makes themselves available on call to suit their personal circumstances. They carry basic lifesaving equipment, and a simple to use automated external defibrillator.

Responders are dispatched at the same time as ambulance crews but because they are often in more rural locations, may arrive more quickly.

South Ribble councillor Paul Wharton, who represents Farington east ward, said: “First responder schemes rely heavily on fund raising and kind gestures to allow them to serve their community in potentially lifesaving medical emergencies.”

l Contact Anthony Marcella on 07779045923 or anthonymarcella@ rocketmail to get involved.