Monthly Archives: January 2013

Community First Responder take over week: Lorna Hayes, Regional Community Partnership Lead, talks about her role overseeing the volunteer scheme

Lorna Hayes joined the ambulance service more than 13 years ago as a call handler before moving on to dispatcher and it was in the control room that she first saw what an invaluable contribution community first responders made. She soon … Continue reading

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Community First Responder take over week: Volunteer Amandine Paccioni continues her blog from Thursday as she shares her story of new year’s day on call

Amandine said it was a last minute decision to put herself on call on new year’s day to help out a colleague who was on earlier during the day and happy to have half of the day off as he … Continue reading

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Community First Responder take over week: Nicholas Jones explains why he decided to volunteer for the service as well as work for it as a key figure in the control rooms.

Last week Nicholas Jones went to what he describes as his most rewarding job – helping to save the life of a young mother who had gone into cardiac arrest. Nicholas is not only a CFR but also works for … Continue reading

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Community First Responder take over week: Charlotte Tenneson talks about her role in a fledgling group

The Riseley CFR Group went live just two-and-a-half weeks ago with four volunteers active on the rota, among them Charlotte Tenneson, an artist, cat lover and the group’s co-ordinator. “According to our last census the village has a population of … Continue reading

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Community First Responder take over week: Geoff Dorrie reveals what a day in the life of a volunteer life-saver is like

Geoff Dorries, a responder and group co-ordinator in Norfolk works as a cardiac rehabilitation fitness instructor. He talks about one Monday when he booked on call after a morning at work. “For many first responders and indeed many paramedics and ambulance … Continue reading

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Community First Responder take over week: Mother of two Amandine Paccioni talks about starting and training as CFR

Amandine is a community first responder in Suffolk and mother to two young children. She first learnt about the scheme while browsing the internet while on holiday to visit family in France. “I suddenly decided that I was going to help people … Continue reading

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Community First Responder take over week: Ian Dalglish talks about the incident that inspired him to become a volunteer life-saver for the ambulance service

Ian was staying at a camping site in Necton, Norfolk while house-hunting early in 2010 when one afternoon a fellow camper collapsed. “I was not the unlucky one to require the ambulance but observed the coming and goings from the comfort of … Continue reading

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