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Sunday, March 22, 2015


There is a very good scheme Community First Responders [CFR] set up by the cash strapped Ambulance Service which unfortunately is being cynically hijacked for election and political promotion purposes. A new [CFR] group has been set up in Cardea but sadly jumped on by the old guard of Stanground conservatives, who in the process seem to be dumping Stanground.

The councillors have released a series of misleading photocalls, and at first reading the strict requirements for volunteers to attend possibly life and death situations using an electric shock Automated External Defibrillator (AED) would probably exclude most of them as volunteer candidates!

The photograph seems to suggest that Cllr Rush would make an ideal First Responder but the upper age limit is 70 Brian, and you are way over that! 

Or perhaps you would rather see Cllr Marco Cereste leaning over you and winding up the electric shocking panels? It says the Community First Responders will also reserve the right to decline any incident they wish. So if Marco falls out with you or blocks you on Twitter? You see where this is going... So already we have most of the local population excluded!

However apart from election campaigns we don't often see the Dear Leader or Cllr. Turnip  in our neck of the woods. Marco is currently making an almost daily appearance, although sadly he's not up for election or is he seems to be sharing a leaflet.  But still at liberty to punt a few million of borrowed public money on landlord solar panels and any other public realm vanity scheme that takes his fancy, and your money! OPM Other Peoples Money. Works for banksters and #mpsexpenses !

Then there is Cllr Turnip. Cllr Christopher John Harper .Thankfully the entry scholastic qualifications are set quite high by the Trust, and again he would actually need to turn up errr yes. Cllr Turnip couldn't even turn up for his own litter pick last week!

All that apart, it would be useful to have some genuinely qualified people, as an additional resource, but not in place of qualified paramedics and working ambulances, to support the seriously underfunded ambulance service. And you have the Conservatives to blame for that. The Tories in the handout picture included.

The job description is as follows:

1. To attend local emergency calls to patients within the defined call out criteria as set by the Trust; including chest pain, breathing difficulties and unconscious casualties.
2. Community first responders will not knowingly be asked to attend unsafe or potentially violent incidents, or any other incidents which require specialist skills e.g. maternity cases.
3. Community first responders will also reserve the right to decline any incident they wish.
4. To provide emergency care for these patients until the ambulance arrives. Community first responders must be prepared to stand back once more highly qualified help arrives e.g. ambulance crew or GP. When required to, provide continuing care under direction of the ambulance crew. 

5. To have a calm and confident approach this will provide reassurance both to the patient and their relatives.
6. To use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and Trust approved equipment when indicated, on patients and provide effective care until help arrives.

7. To provide a concise verbal hand-over to the ambulance crew on their arrival. Where time and patient condition permits to start completing a community first responder incident report form.

8. Complete paperwork as appropriate e.g. Incident summary sheet, AED use form.

9. The number and nature of these calls are difficult to predict, however it would be anticipated that a group would respond to at least one emergency call a week.
10. To be able to carry a responder bag at the approximate weight of up to 20 Kilograms.

11. To attend and complete their mandatory training requirement

If you fancy training as a Community First Responder call us and we'll put you in touch with the right people.

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