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Rossendale CFR Update August 2017

Rossendale CFR Update August 2017

Rossendale Community First Responders have had a very busy year so far!  

Apart from their usual role of attending serious and life-threatening incidents at the request of the North West Ambulance Service, the volunteers have delivered the BHF Heartstart programme to over 1,100 school children over the last academic year.

In September 2016, all primary schools in Rossendale were offered the opportunity for their Year Six pupils to train in Basic Life Support, before moving on to High School.  Of the 34 Primary Schools in the Valley, 29 took part in this programme of vital life-saving knowledge with Rossendale Community First Responders, who attended during school time to teach the vital skills which can, and do, save lives.  The team have also trained almost 320 adult members of the public.

The number trained by the CFR team includes children from Scouting units, High Schools and other children’s groups.  Not to mention the additional 1,147 High school pupils trained on Re-start a Heart Day in October last year!

In addition, other team members have conducted specialised courses:

  • Richie Watts, a long serving Rossendale Enhanced CFR, who is a full-time Tutor at Nelson and Colne College, has trained 36 new Heartstart Instructors from the Lancashire/Cumbria area how to teach the programme in their own communities.
  • Brian Pickup,  Rossendale’s longest serving CFR with over 13 years in the team, has trained 24 new Community First Responders from all over the North West Ambulance Service area and
  • Dean Hebden, recently retired Paramedic of some 25 years’ experience, was Lead Tutor for the intensive four month course for eight  NWAS Enhanced CFRs, who learned additional skills to enable them to attend a greater variety of incidents.

Team Leader, Dawn Taylor, said, “I am delighted with the positive response from the schools to our offer of life-saving skills for their Year 6 pupils.  The children enjoyed the two hour sessions and we are happy that they will take this important information with them into their adult lives.  I would like to thank the Rossendale team and those from other CFR teams who helped where we were short of Instructors.”


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