Community First Responders (CFRs) 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.
In cases of heart attack 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
There are now trained CFRs in Bunbury, ready to provide emergency support. As always the team has started with one person and desperately needs enthusiastic volunteers who would be prepared to be trained and be available for an on call rota. Please see North West Ambulance for more details or
Recently both the Bunbury Scouts and the Brownies have successfully gained certificates for emergency life support after attending Heartstart training by Local North West Ambulance Community First Responders.
You too can take advantage of this valuable training - A successful programme of Heartstart training to the general public has been running in Tattenhall over the last few months resulting in 60 people so far being trained in this potentially life saving skill
The initiative is a community collaboration between The Studio in Tattenhall and the Tattenhall, Bunbury and Tarporley First Responders where a 3 hour workshop is run every month training a maximum of 12 people at a time to ensure that everyone is able to participate in the exercises and receive individual feedback.
The Heartstart scheme has been developed by the Britsih Heart Foundation to provide free Emergency Life Support (ELS) training in the community and schools. The scheme is aimed at the public and anyone from the age of ten upwards can attend and learn the complete range of ELS skills. To date 2.6 million people have been trained through Heartstart.
The Heartstart programme includes skills such as:
· · assessing an unconscious patient
· · performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
· · dealing with choking
· · dealing with serious bleeding
· · helping someone who may be having a heart attack.
Knowing what to do when someone has a cardiac arrest is important. If you can do CPR you can buy the time needed for professional help to arrive and save the life of your loved one. Being able to do CPR more than doubles their chance of survival.
The Heartstart course is designed to follow the current Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines.
The feedback from participants on the training has been universally positive and it’s encouraging to see so many people wanting to learn this essential skill.
Although the training is provided free of charge, any donations to the First Responders are gratefully received and used to support the continuing work of this valuable community asset.
Please contact Jill on 01829 771895 if you would like to book on the next available course.
The course last for about 3 hours including a tea break and is delivered by a combination of DVD videos, discussion and practical “hands on” training. This will involve kneeling, lying and rolling on the floor, so participants are advised to wear appropriate and comfortable clothing. Please be prepared to wok in socks, slippers or bare feet as the venue operates a “no outdoor shoes” policy.
For more details or to book on a course, please contact:
2 Worley Court,