Sittingbourne Community First Responders
CFRs really do make a difference
Community First Responders provide care to patients within the local community before the arrival of the ambulance service. They are trained by SECAMB to deliver life-saving defibrillation's and interventions to patients in cardiac arrest, increasing the patients chance of survival.
In an ideal world, there would be an ambulance available on every street corner in every town and village, sadly this is not the case, making Community First Responders a vital resource to the ambulance service and the community they serve.
Saving lives in your street!
Sittingbourne Community First Responders are members of the local community who volunteer to respond to emergency and life-threatening calls through the 999 system, working in conjunction with SECAMB the South East Coast Ambulance Service and the NHS. They also run local CPR & AED sessions to the public for FREE.
Using their own vehicles, their 9 CFRs respond to incidents within a 5 mile radius of their home or work location.
The group name suggests 'Sittingbourne' although this is just the ambulance base station, in fact, they cover a vast area in support of SECAMB.
How are CFRs funded?
As a non-profit voluntary group, Sittingbourne Community First Responders rely solely on donations and receive no funding from SECAMB or the Government.
Set up costs for a new responder
are approximately £2,500, and training, equipment and ongoing costs are high.
How can you help?
Sittingbourne Community First
Responders has not been able to run their regular CPR & AED sessions
because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Without these sessions, their
essential funds have become dangerously low. This is a major concern now, and
it has become vital they gain much needed support from local communities and
businesses by asking you for your help.
However much you able to give towards their £5000 target will help them continue to make a real difference in the lives of so many.
Please donate whatever you can at their new GoFundMe page https://gf.me/u/yfh9jd
Find out more at www.sittingbourneresponders.org.uk