Treatment from lifesaving volunteers has inspired a major boost to responders in north Cambridgeshire.
March man Paul Plitsch had to call 999 in the summer of last year when his father became ill and a community first responder (CFR) arrived to help - Mr Plitsch spent eight days in hospital but has recovered since.
Lorna Hayes, from The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), accepted a donation of more than £2,100 from the Peterborough branch of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) at a recent ROAB meeting. Paul is a member.
A community first responder is a volunteer who is trained by the ambulance service to attend emergency calls in the area where they live or work. They are dispatched to life threatening conditions when closer than an ambulance, carrying equipment including oxygen and a defibrillator to give a casualty the best possible chance of survival.
Paul said: “I am so glad we chose the community first responder scheme because it is a good service to everyone and especially for people who don’t live near a hospital.
“I would never have thought that I would have to call 999 for an ambulance when my dad became ill. Within a few minutes, a first responder was knocking on my door so I know first-hand what the volunteers do. It’s good that we have people to volunteer. The man who attended my dad was very good and he looked after him until the ambulance arrived.”
Lorna said: “We are delighted to accept such a generous gift which will go towards lifesaving equipment and help us save more lives. Our volunteers are fantastic and provide such a vital service to people in their communities.”
Volunteers across the east of England are currently being trained by EEAST in treating life threatening allergic reactions by using the patient’s epipen.
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