The Christ­mas gift that could save a life

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Bucks Ma­sonic Cen­te­nary Fund has do­nated the full cost of a vol­un­teer emer­gency kit for use by the Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders (CFRs), a group which is of­ten the first to the scene of an accident.

Each kit costs £1,500 each, and con­tains equip­ment which is needed for emer­gency life­sav­ing ac­tion and trauma treat­ment. Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders re­ceive call outs for all types of emer­gency, in­clud­ing car­diac ar­rest, un­con­scious pa­tients and those with breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties or seizures.

Be­cause the first min­utes af­ter an in­ci­dent can make all the dif­fer­ence, it is im­por­tant that the re­spon­ders have fully upto-date and func­tional equip­ment.

The team is sent out to in­ci­dents by the NHS Am­bu­lance Emer­gency Oper­a­tions Cen­tre, and is made up of part time vol­un­teers.

Marc Lis­ter, com­mu­nity li­ai­son and train­ing of­fi­cer for South Cen­tral Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, which cov­ers Hamp­shire, Berks, Bucks and Ox­ford­shire, said: “We have CFRs who are stu­dents, com­pany direc­tors, shop staff or lo­cal busi­ness­men.

“What­ever their walk of life, they form a vol­un­teer neigh­bour­hood team who are trained to re­spond to emer­gen­cies lo­cally.

“In ad­di­tion, some CFRs give their time and skills to the cam­paign to keep the cur­rent team to help pro­vide round the clock cov­er­age.

“The good news is that cur­rently there are over 60 new vol­un­teers in our area go­ing through the train­ing scheme. How­ever, new re­cruits also means there is a need for more vol­un­teer emer­gency kits, and th­ese re­quire fund­ing.

“We are de­lighted to re­ceive the gen­er­ous do­na­tions to buy valu­able new equip­ment from Steve Smirth­waite on be­half of the Bucks Ma­sonic Cen­te­nary Fund.”

Mr Smirth­waite said: “One of our mem­bers wit­nessed the quick life­sav­ing ac­tion of a lo­cal CFR and we are very much in favour of this ex­cel­lent vol­un­teer scheme.

“It is with great plea­sure that we are able to fund the cost of an emer­gency kit in pro­mot­ing Bucks Freema­sons val­ues of friend­ship, in­tegrity and char­ity as part of our com­mit­ment to as­sist­ing our com­mu­nity.”

First aider Paul Highett-Smith and freema­son Steve


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