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Castle Donington Community First Responders
About Us:

Castle Donington’s Community First Responder scheme was launched in 2008 with the support of the Castle Donington Rotary Club and the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

Our group is made up of 7 volunteers who give up their spare time to attend emergency 999 calls within Castle Donington and surrounding villages. Our Responders come from a variety of backgrounds and careers, however we share the same goals – helping people in need and being able to give something back to our local community.

Castle Donington Community First Responders provide ‘on call’ cover within a rota system where each team member submits their availability on a weekly basis. Our scheme currently has 2 identical medic bags in operation, both containing vital life saving equipment which must be passed between each member of the team on duty.

Community First Responder volunteers receive no payment for their time and use their own cars to attend medical emergencies. Our training is funded by the East Midlands Ambulance Service whilst our equipment has been purchased through fundraising activities and generous donations from local organisations.

The Castle Donington Community First Responders are 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 Leicestershire and 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.

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

When an emergency 999 call is received, the `on-call` Community First Responder is despatched at the same time as an ambulance response. As each volunteer lives or works within our local community, a First Responder can be on scene with a patient in a matter of minutes providing vital life saving treatment while ambulance crews travel to them.

Our group includes volunteers from all walks of life and since 2008 we have attended over 500 emergency calls in Castle Donington providing immediate life support to members of our local community.