West Lancashire Mayor and Mayoress Charity Fundraiser at Taylors Farm 6th October 2011, a set on Flickr.West Lancashire Mayor and Mayoress Charity Fundraiser at Taylors Farm in Lathom on the 6th October 2011
The fundraiser at Taylors Farm shop raised funds for the charity Community First Responders: a local organisation are groups of volunteers who live and work in the local community.
"They are trained and activated by North West Ambulance Service to attend certain emergency calls where time can make the difference between life and death. The responder provides care until the Ambulance arrives, usually only a few minutes later.
Very often the role they play is one of reassurance. In instances where someone has chest pains, simply giving them oxygen can make a big difference. In extreme cases they can perform CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) or in extreme cases use the defibrillator to restart someone’s heart.
Each volunteer takes it in turn to be ‘on call’. They carry basic First Aid equipment and a simple to use Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
The Ambulance Service controller sends them to Category A (immediately life threatening) medical calls; they are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance crews but because they are often in more rural areas, can often arrive more quickly than the ambulance."