Paul goes the extra mile

Martin Claydon, left, with Paul Nelson
Martin Claydon, left, with Paul Nelson

A Corby man has won an award for his volunteer work.

Paul Nelson, an airport firefighter, has won a Going the Extra Mile award from East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS).

The 24-year-old has been volunteering as a community first responder (CFR) with the Kettering Rural CFRs for a year-and-a-half and has attended about 150 calls.

Martin Claydon, EMAS Operational Support Manager for Daventry and Northampton, said: “Paul plays a valuable role in supporting our service. We appreciate the work of volunteer community first responders and Paul’s professionalism and dedication singled him out for the award.

“Paul didn’t receive the award for a particular call, instead his name kept coming up as someone who our crews thought had an excellent attitude and that they enjoyed working alongside.”

EMAS trains CFRs and despatches them to emergencies at the same time as it sends its own crews.

As CFRs are based within their communities they can offer some treatment and support to patients until the EMAS response arrives. In situations such as when a patient is suffering cardiac arrest this can contribute to saving lives.

Paul, who works full-time as a firefighter at Coventry Airport, responds to calls in the Corby and Kettering areas as well as Market Harborough.

He said: “It’s really good to get this award and I’m accepting it on behalf of the CFRs I work with, they’ve given me excellent support. I enjoy working with the ambulance crews and they’ve always made me feel a part of the team.”

Paul became a CFR because he wanted to do more for his local community. He added: “I’d dealt with a few incidents at work where first aid was needed. I wanted to improve my skills and confidence in this area and training to become a CFR seemed the ideal way to do that and help the local community at the same time.”

To find out more about becoming a CFR visit www.emas.nhs.uk