Thursday, December 1, 2022

Ambulance service delighted at number of volunteers

THE number of people volunteering to become community first responders doubled during national volunteers’ week.

More than 50 volunteers contacted the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to join a community first responder (CFR) group in their area between Saturday, June 1 and Friday, June 7.

Assistant General Manager for Community Partnership, Lorna Hayes said:
“It was a fantastic week for us as our volunteers work extremely hard to get out into the communities that they serve.

“There are still areas in the region that we would like more volunteers so if you can spare any time at all I would encourage you to please contact us.”

CFRs are trained and equipped by EEAST and often go to life-threatening emergencies. They attended nearly 400 incidents across the region over the course of the week and 30 new recruits have just completed their training.

The volunteer ambulance car service (ACS) also saw a boost in people coming forward as more than 20 drivers contacted EEAST including several with their own ambulance.

Lisa Benstead, Business Support Manager for EEAST said that volunteers had come from across the region but more were still needed.

ACS drivers take patients to non-urgent hospital appointments.

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