Volunteers needed to save lives in the Thaxted area

THE East of England Ambulance Service and local Community First Responder (CFR) group are looking for more volunteers to help maintain a life saving service in Thaxted.

CFRs are trained by the ambulance service to provide treatment, reassurance and support to patients with symptoms such as chest pain and breathing difficulties until the arrival of an ambulance.

In the event of a heart attack or cardiac arrest treatment in the first few minutes can be life saving. Survival from a cardiac arrest decreases by 10 per cent with each minute of delay in defibrillation so CFRs can, literally, save a life.

No experience is necessary as full training is provided but you must be over 18, have use of a car and a computer, and agree to an enhanced CRB check. You can give as much or as little time as you are able. Just a few hours a month would make a difference to the amount of cover we can provide to the local community.

If you think you may be interested you can find out more on Tuesday January 11 at 8.15pm in Bolford St Hall, Thaxted or e-mail mike.studd@eastamb.nhs.uk