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Fulford & District Community First Responders support local life saving initiatives. | The Stone and Eccleshall Gazette

Residents from the Fulford and district area attended free, two hour Heart Start & Defibrillator awareness courses on Sunday 29th June 2014.

They learnt vital lifesaving skills, which could help keep a person alive until medical help arrives.

The course was provided by Mike Taylor (of Abacus Training), David Thomas and Mel Avis, who are all volunteer responders with the Fulford & District Community First Responder charity. ‘Heart Start’ is a national scheme that is being supported by the West Midlands Ambulance Service across Staffordshire, in association with the British Heart Foundation.

Mel Avis explained,

“24 local people were trained in basic life saving skills today. Our aim was two-fold: to raise awareness of the Community Public Access Defibrillator that has recently been installed at Fulford Village Hall and to teach skills that could make an enormous difference to saving someone’s life. It was a great success!”

Participants attending Fulford & District Heart Start and Defibrillator Awareness workshop on Sunday 29th June 2014, outside the village hall, with Heart Start trainer, Mike Taylor.

Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest is crucially important. Early CPR and Early Defibrillation significantly increase a person’s chance of survival. People should not be afraid to learn how to use a cPAD. They are designed specifically for use in community settings and provide a series of voice prompts and illuminated illustrations to guide the rescuer.

“Any initiatives, whether it’s community life saving training or new devices such as the cPAD, are welcome additions to our local communities, saving vital minutes whilst the ambulance service arrives, especially in rural villages.”

says Mike Taylor (of Abacus Training).

“The course was excellent and I now feel confident that I could deal with an emergency while waiting for the professionals to arrive…. If you get the opportunity then get trained up!”

says participant, Sarah Cox

“Training was excellent, easy to understand and remember. Do it and be useful to someone who may need your help.”

says participant, Jacqui Leach

For more information about First Aid courses or the Heart Start scheme, please contact: or visit

Special thanks to:
The Fulford Village Hall cPAD has been part funded through a scheme with the British Heart Foundation. However, it would not have been at all possible without the support and fundraising efforts of a lot of local organisations, groups and local individuals. We would like to extend special thanks to: The Cheadle Round Table, Blythe Bridge Rotary Club, Fulford & District Community CFRs, the Fulford Village Hall Committee, Mr & Mrs Ostrouchow, Mr C Bloor, Ms J Lawton, Mrs W Godfrey and Mrs J Tarr, Headteacher at Fulford Primary School.

About Fulford & District Community First Responders:
Fulford and District Community First Responders are a busy and dedicated group of volunteers who have responded to over 2000 emergency calls with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, since the group formed in July 2008. We run weekly pub quizzes to raise money for our charity, please check our Facebook page for details and come along! If you are able to make a donation or host a fundraising event for us, please contact Chad Bloor (Group fundraiser) 07535313132 or David Steele (Group Coordinator) 07946185945.

Fulford & District CFRs can be followed on Facebook and Twitter @FulfordCFR

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Man campaigns to purchase defibrillators - then has life saved by one

Man campaigns to purchase defibrillators - then has life saved by one | First Aid Training |

A MAN who spearheaded a campaign to purchase defibrillators for use in and around East Grinstead has remarkably had his own life saved by one of the devices.

Jim Miller admits he would be "six feet under" had it not been for the shock he received from one of the machines following a recent heart attack.

The 82-year-old helped to raise enough money to fund three new defibrillators in his role as a volunteer for East Grinstead and District Lions Club back in 2010.

The club purchased the devices to be used by first responders – people living within communities who attend local medical emergencies while paramedics are still on their way.

And another defibrillator, at East Surrey Hospital, ended up saving Jim's own life on March 18.

He said: "I had some discomfort in my chest and I thought it was heartburn.

"I was taken by ambulance to East Surrey Hospital and they were about to send me home. I went to use the phone to tell my wife the good news and that's the last thing I remember. The next thing I knew, I was surrounded by all these people telling me to stay calm and not to move."

Coincidentally, another East Grinstead resident with close links to the lcoal Lions Club also had his life saved by a defibrillator after he suffered a cardiac arrest in February.

Gordon Gould, who runs the charity's website, collapsed at his doctors' surgery, but was resuscitated immediately and transferred to St George's Hospital, in Tooting, by ambulance.

He said: "Defibrillation needs to be applied very quickly, because for every minute that a person is in cardiac arrest before defibrillation, their chances of survival are reduced by about ten per cent. First responders are local volunteers, trained in lifesaving skills and in how to use a defibrillator, and can often get to a scene quicker than an ambulance.

"I am so grateful that a defibrillator was available to save my life, and the more first responders with defibrillators there are, the more lives will be saved."

The defibrillators funded by the Lions in 2010 have been made available for use by first responders in East Grinstead, Lingfield and Dormansland.

Jim, of Fulmar Drive, East Grinstead, said: "The idea is to have a first responder available within eight minutes of an incident. These are people who are trained to use defibrillators and without them, I would be six feet under.

"They saved my life and they saved Gordon's life."

Lifesaving training for first responders is provided by the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), though the service admits it does not currently have the funding to support new volunteers. Instead, SECAmb is keen to raise awareness and money for the service.

First responder Richard Herbert, from Dormansland, said: "As first responders, we're not just there for heart attacks. We help with anything an ambulance can help with, such as first aid, cuts and breakages."

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