December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The East of England Ambulance Service celebrated the work of community first responders during their first ever conference.
More than 250 CFRs, from across Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, attended the event in Newmarket which aimed to inform, educate and celebrate the great work that the volunteers do within their communities.
In 2012/13 CFRs volunteered 500,000 hours of their time responding to 999 calls.
There are now 270 groups covering the Trust’s region.
Presentations were also given about safeguarding patients as well as automated external defibrillator demonstrations.
Lorna Hayes, regional lead for community partnership, said: “We are really pleased with how much our CFRs enjoyed the day and hope they found it inspirational and informative.
“It is really important to engage our volunteers as much as possible, as they do such a brilliant job for EEAST and give up their own time 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”