After appearing in the West Midlands Ambulance Service’s recruitment campaign at the start of the year, things remained very quiet as regards new recruits for the Ettington Community First Responders. This was especially worrying as several of our responders had been forced to stand down either due to moving out of the area or being unable to commit to the time required to go on call regularly. However, over the summer there was a flurry of activity resulting in the recruitment of four new responders: Alice Hutchings from Blackwell, who completed her training in early summer and decided to join the Ettington Community First Responders; Rennie Boreham, Alison Joyner, and Andy Roach, all from Ettington, have all recently completed three weekends of training and examinations and will be able to start responding once they have completed a 12 hour shift with an ambulance crew.
Our next piece of good news was to learn that Ettington First Responder, Russ Inman had been nominated to receive an Excellence in the Community Award from the West Midland Ambulance Service. Russ attended a ceremony at Bescot Stadium on 6th November to receive his award for ‘Distinguished Service’. This award recognises the time that Russ has given to his community on a voluntary basis. As well as helping to save lives by going on call regularly, Russ also serves as a trustee for the Ettington First Responder Scheme charity and has helped to develop a satnav system which uses the grid reference system mirroring that employed by the ambulance service. This means our Responders reach the scene of an emergency even faster.
The Ettington Community First Responders provide emergency medical response to 999 calls in the Stourdene area on a voluntary basis in conjunction with West Midlands Ambulance Service. The scheme receives no government funding and relies on fundraising and donations to provide the equipment carried by the First Responders (which includes a defibrillator). If you’d like to find out more check out our website www.ettingtoncfr.org.uk, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. For more information about becoming a First Responder please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone in Newbold on Stour, Halford, Tredington or Alderminster.