Rural area covered by LIVES group

Members of the new LIVES first responder group in the Caythorpe area.

Members of the new LIVES first responder group in the Caythorpe area.

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LIFE-savers in the form of LIVES first responders now operate in the Caythorpe area.

A LIVES group has been established to cover the rural area, and since its inception on January 14 the group has been called out nine times.

Helen Giddings is the group’s co-ordinator. She said: “I think that having first responders in our rural area is vital. The fact that we live in the community we cover means that we can be at a scene in minutes, giving help and reassurance until the ambulance arrives.

“I would like to thank all the responders, treasurer and fund-raisers for their hard work in our first three months.”

Thirteen volunteers stepped forward to become first responders following a presentation by representatives from the LIVES headquarters at Caythorpe Village Hall.

They are trained and equipped to deal with medical emergencies such as heart problems, breathing difficulties, strokes, epilepsy, diabetes and unconscious patients.

First responders are alerted to emergencies by the control room at the East Midlands Ambulance Service and aim to be with the patient within five to six minutes. They stay with the patient until the arrival of paramedics.

Evidence shows that early interventions by LIVES first responders save lives and reduce disability.

As well as being on-call and ready to race off to treat patients, the first responders fund-raise for LIVES, which relies solely on donations.

Volunteers meet monthly to discuss fund-raising ideas, promotional activities and to carry out training to maintain skill levels.

All volunteers receive free in-house training on basic life support and emergency first aid skills. First responders normally work as part of a group and choose shifts to suit their lifestyle and commitments.

For more information, call 01507 525999 or visit www.lives-responders.co.uk