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Essex: New first responder groups given a helping hand
10:30am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
The East of England Ambulance Service has set aside £10,000 to help new first responder groups.
Originally each community first responder group had to raise the £1,000 to buy an automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid equipment that their group cannot operate without.
In the past this has meant that new groups had to raise money and buy the kit before they could respond to emergencies.
But now, EEAST has invested £10,000 of charitable funds to buy 10 AEDs that will be loaned to new CFR groups while they raise the money needed to fund their own one.
Lorna Hayes, EEAST’s Regional Assistant General Manager for Community Partnership, says: “I’m delighted that we found a way to fund these 10 defibrillators. They will make a real difference to how quickly we can get new CFR groups operational and saving lives in their communities.”
Each year, CFRs respond to 28,500 calls. Just like ambulances, they are dispatched by the EEAST’s health and emergency operations centre (HEOC). The ambulance service has more than 1,400 CFRs who give up their time freely to volunteer for EEAST, responding to life-threatening emergencies from their home or workplace.
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