Stalham & Smallburgh First Responders


North Norfolk News. Thursday, February 11th, 2011
Gt. Yarmouth Mercury
. Friday, February 18th, 2011
Town & Country News, March 2011

RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES Stalham & Smallburgh area First Responders are volunteers within the community who respond to emergency calls on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service. In the case of a heart attack, the first eight minutes are the most vital for the collapsed person. Unfortunately in rural areas an ambulance may be over 30 minutes away.  
First Responders are trained by the ambulance service in life support. After passing their initial examination, training and assessment is ongoing on a monthly basis.  Apart from first-aid equipment they carry oxygen and a heart defibrillator. Their attendance on scene within a few minutes considerably increases the patientís chances of survival.
Apart from vehicle running costs, mobile phone and administration the essential equipment for each volunteer costs around £2500. This is not provided by the ambulance service, so each group has to raise the funds to provide it. The Stalham & Smallburgh group is fortunate to have more volunteers joining, but this has increased the need for funds considerably.
Police Community Support Officer, Lucy Collyer has secured a place in this yearís London Marathon  [Sunday 17th April] and is appealing for sponsorship to raise money for the group. If you would like to help, email her:
Local schools in the area have been quick to rally behind the responders. East Ruston Community First School had a coffee afternoon and is planning a fun run day.  Stalham Junior School had a film/book character day and is also planning a fun run afternoon.
The Factory Shop at Stalham has chosen the local First Responders as its charity this year and hope customers will help collect as much money as possible.
This week, members of the group were presented with a cheque for £100 when they visited residents at Robert Smith Court at Stalham, for a talk and demonstration.
For more information about the group and how to help them raise funds, visit the group's Facebook page or


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