Volunteers needed to save LIVES on the coast

Pictured is Beth Cockram (level 3 and trainer), Steve Palmer (level 2 and coordinator) and Donna Smith (level 2 and newest recruit).
Pictured is Beth Cockram (level 3 and trainer), Steve Palmer (level 2 and coordinator) and Donna Smith (level 2 and newest recruit).

Sutton on Sea LIVES First Responders are looking for new volunteers to join the group in order to make a difference on the coast.

New recruits are particularly needed in the Sutton on Sea, Sandilands and Trusthorpe areas.

Sutton on Sea LIVES First Responder Group co-ordinator Steve Palmer is sending out this heartfelt plea for volunteers and has himself attended 150 calls in the three years he has been qualified.

Steve explains the importance of having such a service in the area.

“Minutes and even seconds count in a life and death situation, getting someone who has been trained in CPR, use of a defibrillator and providing oxygen therapy to the patient quickly can and will make that difference,” Steve explained.

“Not all our calls revolve around cardiac arrest, in fact only one in 83 are, and with a success rate of 40 per cent, it is easy to see the difference first responders make. That is why First Responders are essential in communities and in particular rural areas. Realistically we know our Ambulance service cannot get to every life threatening call, but as first responders, we can help to the ones that they can’t.”

Steve added: “I cannot put into words the satisfaction that you get from knowing that you are making a difference just from a small amount of skill learnt and being there quickly. As volunteering is designed to suit you, no set times are required.

So if you can drive or have access to a car, are of a reasonable fitness and are over 18, please consider being a first responder.

If you think you can help out locally on the coast, please contact Steve Palmer for an informal chat on 01507 440194.