Award for Rame’s first responders

A Small Group of Cornish Volunteers receive award from South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for outstanding service.

The South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has honoured the eight volunteers who comprise the Rame Peninsula Community First Responders with a special award for their outstanding service.

The Rame Peninsula includes the villages of Cawsand, Kingsand & Millbrook.

Community First Responders are unpaid volunteers, who have received training from the South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in basic life support procedures and respond to 999 emergencies when called upon by the Ambulance Control Centre. Such emergencies could involve cases of Cardiac, Respiratory and Medical illness. The role of the First Responder is to give emergency treatment to life-threatening conditions prior to the arrival of a Paramedic and/or an Ambulance. Providing immediate help within a critical few minutes of the onset of the illness can in many cases make a significant difference to the recovery of the patient.
The citation issued by the Trust specifically mentioned that the Rame Peninsula Group gave in excess of 8000 hours of front line duty to the ambulance service over the past year, and there are only 8760 hours in a year! Almost a 24 hour, 365 day commitment.
The group, the majority of whom are over 70, have been presented with an engraved award, individual framed copies of the citation and a £50 gift voucher.

The responders shown in the photo are: from left to right of the picture: David Parker (current responder), David Barker (past long term responder), Bob Gaskin – with hand on the door (founder of the group and past leader), Roger Collins (current responder), Steve Creese – getting into car (past leader of the group), John Knowles (past long term responder), Alisair Spencer (current responder) and Tina Collins (current responder).

First published in the Torpoint Advertiser – December 2017

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