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Date: 18 September 2021
The Isle of Wight NHS Trust Ambulance Service is delighted to announce four new volunteer Community First Responders (CFR) ready to support our community, with more due to join the response team in the coming weeks.
After several months of training and undertaking skill drills the new CFRs are now ready to respond for their local community. They are fully equipped ready to attend life threatening emergencies as deployed by the IOW Ambulance Service.
Volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) use their own cars, no blue lights or sirens but being local means they can be on scene with a patient in just a few minutes. They provide vital enhanced first aid skills until the arrival of the statutory Ambulance Service, sometimes making the difference between life and death.
The increase in the number of CFRs across all areas of the Island will have a big impact on both patient care and experience.
Iain Reeves, Paramedic Community Response Performance Support Officer said:
“It has been a privilege to assist the new CFRs with their learning journey to become responders. They have all worked extremely hard through the most difficult of circumstances to get to this point and they have achieved so much and we are so grateful for their time and commitment.”
CFR Kerry said: “I’ve wanted to be part of the ambulance service for years and what better way to start than become a responder, not only getting a taste for the amazing job they do but giving back into the community. I am really excited to be qualified and put all the wonderful training I've had to use”
CFR Ian said: “Having had a little break from volunteering for a few years after doing 10 years as a coastguard rescue officer, I felt there has been something missing. When the opportunity came up to be a Community First Responder I jumped at it. The training has been amazing, from day 1 I have felt so welcomed and appreciated by all. Volunteering has always been a big part of my life and I get a tremendous sense of satisfaction from helping others and giving something back to the community”.