Lakeland Radio Charity of the Year – 2012
Windermere Area Community First Responders
Community First Responders (CFRs) are groups of volunteers who live and work in local communities. They are trained and sent by North West Ambulance Service to certain emergencies where time could make the difference between life and death.
CFRs work as part of a local team on an on-call basis. They are sent to certain emergency calls by the ambulance service’s emergency control centres. As they are based within their local community they are often able to get to the scene of an emergency first to provide critical care and reassurance to patients and their families before ambulance crews arrive.
Who are the Windermere Community First Responders?
The Windermere Area First Responders are a team of about 18 eager volunteers who live or work within the ‘Windermere Area’.
In challenging geographical areas like Cumbria, if often takes ambulance crews longer to reach the scene of an emergency within the critical 8 minutes following a collapse.
Community First Responders who are trained in basic life support and early defibrillation can significantly improve the chances of surviving an ‘out of hospital’ cardiac arrest
We are one of the busiest teams in Cumbria with an average of 7 callouts every week.
What area does the Windermere Team cover?
The Windermere Area is a long strip of communities from the Kirkstone Pass Inn in the north of the area, to the Beech Hill Hotel some 11 miles south. At only 4 miles at its widest point (covering from Low Wood Hotel the west to Black Moss in the east) and all the villages in-between, a group of about 18 volunteer First Responders cover the 5,500 households and businesses
You can follow the Windermere Area First Reponders of Facebook by Clicking Here or by calling 07551 236535 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
First Responders Mark and Kate joined Yakkers on Drivetime recently to launch Windermere Area First Responders as Lakeland Radio’s Charity of the Year for 2012 and here is your chance to listen again: