I volunteer as a community first responder (CFR) and also a St. John Ambulance member.
CFR's give life saving medical aid in those vital minutes up to the point that an ambulance crew arrive on scene.They attend 999 calls in a 5 mile radius to where they live.We are dispatched by the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) as soon as a 999 call is received.
As a volunteer for St. John Ambulance (SJA) I am a County Staff Officer for the Operations department wh o are responsible for the management of all public duties,vehicles and logistics in the county
CFR - Last year I attended 156 calls ranging from falls to stokes, chest pains,fitting,difficulty breathing and cardiac arrests. I was on call for a total of 600 hours.
I am also responsible for finding and then writing business cases for grant applications and last year I was successful in raising £8k to fund new equipment for our responder team. Each responder kit costs approximately £2k.I was the SECAMb CFR fundraiser of the year in 2010.
SJA - I have been a member since 1986.I joined as part of my Gold D of E award service element. I joined Dorking Division and then worked up through the ranks to become Divisional Superintendant. I then moved to become a County Staff Officer.I manage the SJA Surrey support to the NHS in providing ambulances and crew to answer 999 calls. For a number of years I have also crewed an ambulance having completed my ambulance service blue light driving assessment and ambulance training. I am also involved as part of the management team in organising the medical cover for The Epsom Derby and the BHF London to Brighton Bike ride. In 2010 I did 413 hours of voluntary hours.