Firm helps life-saving community team

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VOLUNTEERS who provide life-saving help to seriously ill patients in the Corby area have been boosted by a donation from a town firm.

The Corby Community First Responder (CFR) team has been given a donation by RS Components, enabling members to buy a responder’s kit bag to help their work.

CFRs are volunteers who live in remote areas and are trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service to provide life-saving treatment to people in their community.

They arrive on the scene with a kit bag which contains a defibrillator, aspirators, breathing masks and basic first aid equipment. They give a fast response to people who suffer a heart attack, have chest pains, are unconscious or who have severe breathing difficulties.

Group co-ordinator Hughie Levenie said: “East Midlands Ambulance Service provides the necessary training and support, but CFR schemes are financially self-supporting and we are therefore grateful for any input from local businesses and community groups.”

RS general manager Paul Quested said: “The medical assistance given by Community First Responders is invaluable so we are thrilled to be able to help fund new kit bags.”

Anyone interested in joining or sponsoring the scheme can email sarah-jayne.parsons@emas.nhs.uk or visit www.emas.nhs.uk/getinvolved.