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So as the days get shorter and there are less sunny events to attend, when we are not responding we start to focus on other ways to support our community.
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Sevenoaks Community First Responders was set up over 8 years ago to provide a team of volunteers throughout Sevenoaks District including all the outlying towns. The team currently has five active responders and four in training. We rely entirely on donations to pay for the lifesaving equipment we carry, raised through high street collections and sponsorship by local businesses and groups.
Community First Responders are volunteer members of the community who are trained by the ambulance service to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system. There are over 250 active responders in Kent and Sussex who give up thousands of hours a month to be on call. The primary role of a Community First Responder (CFR) is to provide life-saving emergency treatment in their local area. to prevent deterioration,promote recovery, preserve life. Each day, approximately 170* people in the UK suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Early defibrillation within the first few minutes can save up to 75% of all SCA's. In addition, CFRs carry other medical equipment including dressings, oxygen and some drugs to further benefit patients whilst waiting for an ambulance.
Whilst South East Coast Ambulance Service performs very well, we have to recognise that there are some communities that are extremely difficult to reach. Even if we significantly increased our ambulance resources, we would still not be able to deliver the speed of response necessary to get to some patients with life threatening conditions. This is where the role of the community first responder is vital. In addition Sevenoaks CFRs provide FREE training on CPR & AED use for local groups and sets up Public Access Defibrillator sites using recycled equipment that still has useful life.