Appeal to find life savers in West Norfolk

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An appeal has gone out to find life-savers who could support the ambulance service in West Norfolk.

The East of England Ambulance Service is putting out an SOS to find volunteers to be First Responders in Lynn, Downham, The Walpoles and West Winch.

First Responders care for patients with life-threatening conditions.

Norfolk has 350 first responders who attended 3,770 999 calls last year.

Community partnership manager Jon Needle said: “First responders give up several hours of their time in the areas they live or work and their volunteering can make the vital difference between life or death, particularly in remote areas of the region where it is not always possible to get ambulance staff on scene in eight minutes.”

Community first responders are trained to perform basic life support and attend 999 calls such as cardiac arrests, where every second is vital when a patient is not breathing and does not have a pulse.

They also attend diabetes emergencies and people who are choking, having a seizure or suffering from breathing problems and chest pain. Anyone can become a CFR as long as they are fit, between the ages of 18 and 70.

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