HOW IT WORKS
The trained team members agree to be placed on a roster for hours that they can volunteer to be 'on call'. When they are 'on call' they sign in (by mobile) to the Wilts Ambulance HQ. Should a life threatening situation arise on our patch, we will be contacted to respond at the exact same time the ambulance is dispatched. The intention is that the local 'community responder' will arrive at the incident 10-15 minutes before the ambulance - and minutes can save lives!
WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Those considering volunteering will be happy to know that here is no need for any prior First Aid training.
All volunteers who pass basic health and CRB checks will be trained in 5 basic skills:
The training is initially a full weekend with regular top-up training and skills refresh.
We currently have 7 trained team members but need many more! Please join in! No one knows when someone in our community will next fall ill - it may be someone in your family or someone you know. Ideally, we need 24 volunteers to provide a full and sustainable service.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
To help keep our team safe, and ensure we only respond to calls that are within our skill zone, the First Responders team will NOT be used for any of the following types of incidents:
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Pewsey First Responders - like all the other community-based First Responder teams, needs to be financially self-sufficient and supported solely by local fund raising. The start-up kit for a First Responder team costs over £2000. We are pleased to say that we have had the following community support to date:
Until sufficient funds are raised, we have generously been loaned a defibrillator kit from Wiltshire Ambulance Service. This was presented to us on 17 July 04 at the Pewsey Summer Fair.
The first 'on duty' First Responder volunteer signed on for the first time on Wednesday 21 July 04!