Monday 22nd July 2013 – 12pm – Chris Kowalik.
Volunteer Community First Responders in Shropshire have raised £1,400 by carrying a “patient” on a stretcher with some help from their local firefighters.
The stretcher was carried from the “Baron of Beef” public house at Bucknell to the “Sun Inn” at Leintwardine in a tour around both villages in June.
With help from Leintwardine’s fire crew and members of the public, the 5.3 mile distance was covered in relays in one hour and thirty-seven minutes.
The money raised will go towards further equipping the scheme’s volunteers, one of whom became a Community First Responder after using a defibrillator to save the life of his own sister who had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Community First Responders are volunteer members of the public trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised standard. They are sent to medical emergencies in their area while an emergency ambulance service vehicle is en-route.
For more information about the work of Community First Responders or to become one yourself, contact West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response admin office on 01384 215855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk