Cambridge Regional College | 23 Feb 2012

Four members of the in-house Security Student Liaison team, plus the site Health Care Manager based at Cambridge Regional College have recently qualified as community first responders (CFRs).

The team headed by Security Manager Russell McPherson were taught by the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) community partnership team to provide lifesaving treatment to a patient prior to the arrival of an ambulance crew.

Throughout the course, the volunteers took part in various scenarios which included basic life support (BLS), the use of a automated external defibrillator (AED), the use of oxygen therapy and airway management, along with other first aid skills.

Lorna Hayes, one of EEASTs community partnership manager said:  “The team are on duty every day and with their additional skills they have obtained, they will be able to provide a safe working environment for all who work and visit the college.  The training and equipment we provided will no doubt be an asset to the college will also be of benefit to the local communities of Kings Hedges and Orchard Park.”

Security Manager Russ McPherson said: ‘The team already has a superb skills set in dealing with a huge variety of situations on a daily basis and with these new skills it will enable us not only to more ably respond to medical emergencies within the college, but to assist in fulfilling the colleges wish to be a good neighbour to the community in which we are located by using those skills to preserve life and promote wellbeing within the community. CFR schemes are seen as an important part of the ambulance service and we are very pleased to be a part of both the CFR team and the community as a whole.”

Notes – If you would like to find out more about the community first responder role, and how you can volunteer within your community then contact community.partnerships@eastamb.nhs.uk or call direct on 01767 600822.

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