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Castle Donington Community First Responders are a volunteer group that give up their spare time to attend 999 calls directly under the control of East Midlands Ambulance Service.

First Responder schemes operate nationwide, with Castle Donington being one of many throughout the East Midlands. Community First Responders are there to provide assistance to those with a medical emergency, and most importantly to start and maintain the chain of survival until a fully equipped ambulance arrives.

First Responders receive comprehensive training from the ambulance service providing us with the knowledge, skills and equipment necessary to respond to a range of life threatening emergencies which include cardiac arrests, strokes, breathing difficulties, diabetic emergencies, heart attacks and severe allergic reactions.

When an emergency 999 call is received, the `on-call` First Responder is despatched at the same time as a conventional ambulance response, but because we live or work within our local community, we can very often be on scene with a patient in a matter of minutes providing vital life saving treatment and care while ambulance crews travel to them.

Our scheme was launched in 2008 with funding and support from Castle Donington Rotary Club and East Midlands Ambulance Service. Our initial strength was six volunteers but steadily increased to ten operational responders with three more awaiting training. We come from all walks of life but all have the same objective, which is to save life and provide emergency care to those in need. We respond to incidents within approximately a six mile radius of Castle Donington to calls which are carefully selected by the Ambulance Service and each volunteer responder provides emergency cover on a weekly rota system to ensure that we are available as often as possible through any 24 hour period.

Recently we have gained the benefit of a dedicated Response Car which has radio communication, a hands free telephone system and Satellite Navigation which significantly streamlines our operation. The vehicle has been provided by the Ambulance Service but we are responsible for the purchase and upkeep of the equipment that it carries.

The generosity of the local community and business has enabled us to purchase four complete sets of equipment as well as two Community Public Access Defibrillators in Castle Donington. Fundraising and public awareness therefore is a large part of what we do when not actually on call.  

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