A recruitment and awareness day took place at Wyevale Garden Centre, Wootton for the South Northants Community Responders group, which is “desperately short” of volunteers.
The responders have been trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical aid until professionals arrive. In January 2013 they attended 39 patients and 78 in December 2012. Total call outs for the last 10 months is 322.
Andy Simpson, the scheme co-ordinator, said: “Like all first responder schemes across the county, we receive no funds from central sources and rely entirely on fund raising, sponsorship and donations.
“We’re in desperate need of new responders.”
The area with active South Northants Community Responder groups are: Blisworth, Daventry, Hardingstone, Nether Heyford, Potterspury, Towcester and Weedon, with 21 Responders.
Organisers are looking to recruit additional 30 new responders by this summer.
For more information visit: www.southnorthantsresponders.co.uk
To find out more about your nearest schemes and how to get involved call Sarah-Jayne Parsons, community defibrillation officer (East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust), on 0115 884 5000, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.emas.nhs.uk/cfr