Life-saving volunteers who respond to emergency 999 calls have been given a new ambulance vehicle by East Midlands Ambulance Service.
The group of eight First Responders based in Nuthall who treat patients while frontline paramedics arrive on scene will now be better equipped.
Pete Winson is the Nuthall scheme co-ordinator.
He said: “At the moment all of our responders do so in their own vehicles which involves swapping medical kit and takes a lot of time.
“The new ambulance vehicle is kitted out with everything we need including a satellite navigation system, tracker and airwave radio.” Retired police officer Derek Burnett, last year logged over 1,266 hours on call as a volunteer.
He said: “Even though it doesn’t have lights and sirens it is still seen by the public as an ambulance vehicle. When I was driving the car this morning people let me out at junctions which means I can get to an emergency quicker.”
Community First Responders (CFR’s) attend life-threatening 999 calls in their local area and are able to arrive within minutes of the call for help being made. CFR’s are trained in defibrillation and helping patients who are suffering with problems such as strokes, breathing problems, chest pains, epileptic fits and diabetic reactions.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should visit www.emas.nhs.uk