Ketton First Responders has received a second set of life-saving equipment. The group are front line volunteers who tackle life-threatening incidents, and was set up to reduce the time between the emergency call and the ambulance arriving.
When cases such as chest pains, epilepsy, or shortness of breath are classed as 'life threatening' by the ambulance control on a 999 call, the First Responders are the people who are called as they may be able to get there faster than an ambulance in rural areas.
The critical time is eight minutes, and the First Responders can often get there within that time and us a defibrillator to being the patient back with a shock. Eight minutes is also the government target time for ambulanaces to reacha life threatening emergency.
Their second set of equipment at Ketton, costing £1,500 was paid for with a donation from the Whitebread Trust allocated by Ketton Awards Committee and the Chetene Masonic Lodge, of Ketton.
The group in Ketton is eager for more volunteers enabling them to extend the hours of cover they provide. The ambulance service train the volunteers to use the oxygen equipment and defibrillators owned by the group. Ketton First Responders would like people who have the time, willingness and committment to help the community to contact Mrs Jenny Bell on 01780 721303.