Walney First Responders give life-saving training to community

10th January 2017

Established in 2010, Walney Community First Responders have attended over 2,000 emergency situations to provide life-saving first aid in the vital moments before an ambulance arrives.

The group of trained volunteers also provide basic first aid training to local schools and the wider community through their Heartstart programme, which teaches life-saving procedures such as CPR and how to place people in the recovery position, as well as how to deal with medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, choking and heavy bleeding.

The First Responders received £350 from Barrow in Furness Grassroots Grants Fund, to purchase two new Resusci Anne mannequins to assist with their CPR training.

Chris Fagan, Staff Member at Walney Community First Responders, said: “The new mannequins have allowed us to continue providing training to the community and instil people with the knowledge and confidence to act in the event of a medical emergency.”

“Following a member of the public suffering a cardiac arrest, members of the local running club, who had in the past completed our training, assisted others to perform CPR until members of our team arrived after being called out by the ambulance service.”

“The patient subsequently survived and is making steady progress in hospital. Following this incident, the running club requested a further course from us and more people have been trained in CPR.”