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Norwich First Responders; fund a kit, save a life

by Steve Grint in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th December 2020 we successfully raised £8,825 with 353 supporters in 36 days

To purchase medical equipment and kit bags allowing our volunteer community first responders to be on duty more often

by Steve Grint in Norwich, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Use to purchase additional equipment

Community First Responders (CFR's) are everyday people who volunteer to go through basic emergency medical training then support the ambulance service in their home communities at times when excessive demand or crew locations may delay arrival times  

The training covers situations where the patient is either potentially or actually in a life threatening condition, such as cardiac arrest, stroke, seizure, severe asthma, anaphylactic shock, etc. CFR's are supplied with equipment such as defibrillators to help save lives as the chances of surviving a heart attack is greatly increased by early treatment

Traditionally CFR's have been based in remote locations where an ambulance would need to travel a distance to, this new initiative is aiming to recruit urban responders based in or around cities designed to ensure patients can quickly receive critical care even at peak times 

Each CFR requires a kit bag and equipment which costs around £1,300 each. Although kit can be shared between responders this greatly reduces cover, our goal is to supply each new responder with their own kit and maximise on duty times

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