SELSEY COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS
We are responding to help the people of Selsey who are in a healthcare crisis as well as keeping others safe from Covid-19. Extra requirements, for example putting on PPE, add minutes to our time from call until we can be actively helping patients.
If a CFR van is driving with a lit sign in the windscreen saying Community First Responder, then it is going TO an emergency call or engaged with a patient on such a call (we switch this sign OFF when we return to home/ base after a call or when driving the van for other reasons).
We are not allowed to break the speed limit or drive in any way other than in accordance with the Highway Code, which makes it difficult to be fast, and this is why it is especially helpful if, when other drivers see such a vehicle, they try to safely enable it to have priority. Every second counts when it comes to helping someone who is in a medical emergency.
Thankyou, as always, to the generosity of the Selsey community who are actively fundraising to support our local response unit.
As a result of this we have been able to increase the number of Public Access Defibrillators which any member of the public can use to help a patient. These are accessed by a code given to you by the emergency response (999) and are self-explanatory in use.
As soon as we are able, we will start helping people with training to give people the confidence to step IN in a crisis.
Selsey is probably the town most ‘rich’ in this resource because of that generosity.
For more information about the Selsey Community First Responders Scheme, how to make a donation or if would like to become a fundraiser, please see www.selseyfirstresponders.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.