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First responders attract new recruits

First responder Photo: ITV News Anglia

A record number of volunteers have signed up to become community first responders for the East of England Ambulance service. The spike in numbers follows National Volunteers’ week that ran from 1-7 June. Following this year’s celebrations 42 people have registered their interest.

There are currently close to 999 CFRs that make up almost 300 groups across the region who are trained by the Trust to respond to medical emergencies in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

Simon Nourse, Halstead CFR said: "As a CFR I'm able to give something to our community…it's a privilege to help those in need of help."

Rachel Hillier, Diss CFR coordinator said: "I love the job and hope that I can continue to make a difference."

Daniel Jacobs, FelixstoweCFR said: "It's knowing I'm part of an amazing team who make a positive difference."