The Christmas gift that could save a life
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