Droitwich First Responders save 16 lives thanks to Severn Trent funding - The Droitwich Standard

Droitwich First Responders save 16 lives thanks to Severn Trent funding

Droitwich Editorial 16th Jan, 2024   0

VOLUNTEER emergency responders in Droitwich have helped save at least 16 lives since Severn Trent funded their equipment.

The group, Droitwich Community First Responders (CFRs), are alerted to nearby emergency incidents by partners, West Midlands Ambulance Service, and arrive within the crucial first few minutes.

The fully-trained volunteers administer potentially life-saving treatment before ambulance crews attend the scene.

Severn Trent’s Community Fund paid £10,000 for a Lifepak 15 device in September 2022 – which includes a defibrillator and a patient monitor to check blood pressure, oxygen and CO2 levels.

Droitwich CFR chairman James MacDonald, an associate ambulance practitioner said: “There was nothing like this in the area at that time.

“But I knew we could make a real difference if we could get the right funding and equipment.

“We are very proud we have helped saved at least 16 lives and helped more than 200 others.

“We have also provided first aid training to schools, care homes and businesses, including how to do CPR or use bleed control kits and we also provide our community events with medical cover.”

The team of three volunteers respond to emergencies within a 10-mile radius. Anything from cardiac arrests, to asthma attacks and road accidents – all during their spare time away from full-time jobs.

Their main goal is to reduce the numbers of cardiac deaths within the West Midlands area, while community outreach projects, such as basic life support training, a public drop in clinic, and homeless support also feature in their role.

The work of the dedicated team, which also includes trustees and wider family and friends, has already had a huge impact in the community – with some grateful patients returning to say thank you.

James has praised Severn Trent Community Fund for their donation. “We also get lots of generous donations from the public, for which we are very grateful.

“We have no official public funding, so without the Severn Trent award we would not have been able to do what we do,” added James.

Jade Gough, Severn Trent’s Community Fund co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support CFR.

“To hear the equipment has saved at least 16 lives and helped many more is wonderful news and underlines the value of groups like CFR.”

Visit https://www.stwater.co.uk/about-us/severn-trent-community-fund/ for more.


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