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Beeston & District First Responders

 

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We are volunteer Community First Responders who live or work within Beeston and the surrounding districts. We work in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and respond to life threatening emergency medical calls within our area, providing vital assistance to people who are ill, prior to the arrival of the Emergency Ambulance.

 

When a "999" call is made within our local area, the Ambulance Service despatch an Emergency Ambulance as normal to the scene, at the same time they will contact the Community First Responder who is on-duty. Because of our locality, we can often arrive first and begin life saving measures before the arrival of the Ambulance Crew.

 

How it works: When a "999" call is made within our local area, the Ambulance Service despatch an Emergency Ambulance as normal to the scene, at the same time they will contact the Community First Responder who is on-duty. Because of our location, we can often arrive first and begin to treat the patient by:

 

  • Giving oxygen therapy
  • Clearing and controlling the airway of an unconscious patient
  • Providing bag-valve-mask resuscitation and heart defibrillation
  • Controlling any bleeding
  • Making them feel more comfortable and at ease
  • Taking basic observations
  • Reassuring the patient and worried family and friends and taking charge of the situation
  • Using local knowledge to ensure that the Ambulance can find the location quickly

 

Early access to defibrillation: In cases where the patient has suffered a cardiac arrest, the most vital piece of equipment the First Responders carry, called the defibrillator, would be used to deliver a controlled shock to attempt to put the patients heart back into a normal rhythm.

 

In theses circumstances the patient's heart needs to receive a shock as quickly as possible, ideally within the first 5 to 10 minutes after they have collapsed. The quicker this can happen, the better the chances of survival.

 

A heart defibrillator costs approx. £1500.00, but this piece of equipment can mean the difference between life and death for some people.

 

We currently have a team of Thirteen Community First Responders who have been trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service. The group was set up in November 2012. We provide as much cover as we can on a rota basis around our current work and lifestyles. We respond to call-outs within a 6-8 mile radius of Beeston, in Nottinghamshire, following a "999" call when requested by Ambulance Control.