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We have been informed by East Midlands Ambulance Service that for the time being, owing to lack of personal protection, First Responders will  NOT be dispatched to Cardiac Arrests or to breathing difficulties and suspected Covid 19 cases. This means that we will only really be sent to stroke or choking casualties.

In case of medical emergency ALWAYS dial 999 . A First Responder will be dispatched if one is on duty. We will be providing reduced cover as some of our group are self-isolating in line with government guidelines. 

There is a static defibrillator at the pub and the access code will be provided when you call 999.

If you fancy refreshing your CPR skills in the event of needing to assist during a cardiac arrest please take a look at a YouTube video such as the one below from the British Heart Foundation featuring Vinnie Jones.

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First Responders AGM

Parwich First Responders

Annual General Meeting

Monday 25 November 2019

7:30pm at The Royal British Legion

Everyone is welcome to attend.

We always need people to become First Responders. You do not need to have any

experience or qualifications as full training is available.

Why not come along to the AGM and have a chat.

Minimum age is 18 but there is no upper limit

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PARWICH FIRST RESPONDERS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Monday 25th November 2019

 at 7.30pm, The Royal British Legion, Parwich

AGENDA

  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of the previous meeting.
  2. Officers Reports :- Chair

Treasurer (including presentation of accounts)

 

  1. To elect committee members as follows;

Chair Sue Hughes

SecretaryJill Love

Treasurer Martin Compton

Training Co-ordinator Ben Bennett

Equipment Co-ordinator Martin Compton

Rota’s  Emily Pitts

Publicity Angela Dunlop

 

 

  1. Training dates
  2. Recruitment.
  3. A.O.B.
  4. Date of next meeting

Jill Love

Secretary Parwich First Responders

November g

 

 

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Parwich Community First Responders need your help! Many of you will know we have a volunteer team of Community First Responders and we help people in emergencies by getting to them in advance of the professional ambulance crews, which can save lives. To keep us on top of our game, regular training sessions are important, as the ability to practice CPR is crucial. 

 We’re trying to raise funds from a scheme run by Calor Gas Ltd, which is based on the number of votes received, to buy a new training mannequin and are competing with other worthy causes to get our share of what’s available.

 So, we need to have the most votes to get to the funds.  NOTE – voting closes this Monday, 17th June.

If you’d like to support our appeal, please can you click through on the link below and add your 10 votes that you’ll be allocated – it’d be a great help and hugely appreciated by the Parwich First Responder team. The deadline is Monday 17th June, so please don’t delay.

https://www.calor.co.uk/shop/communityfund/community-first-responder-training-equipment

If you’d like to know more about what the Parwich First Responders do, or have any questions about the life-saving defribulator located at The Sycamore pub, e.g. how to access it, then please call Martin on 390529, who’d be happy to explain it to you.

 

 

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First Responders Need Help

Parwich Community First Responders need your help! Many of you will know we have a volunteer team of Community First Responders and we help people in emergencies by getting to them in advance of the professional ambulance crews, which can save lives. To keep us on top of our game, regular training sessions are important, as the ability to practice CPR is crucial.

We’re trying to raise funds from a scheme run by Calor Gas Ltd, which is based on the number of votes received, to buy a new training mannequin and are competing with other worthy causes to get our share of what’s available.

So, we need to have the most votes to get to the funds.

If you’d like to support our appeal, please can you click through on the link below and add your 10 votes that you’ll be allocated – it’d be a great help and hugely appreciated by the Parwich First Responder team. The deadline is Monday 17th June, so please don’t delay.

https://www.calor.co.uk/shop/communityfund/community-first-responder-training-equipment

If you’d like to know more about what the Parwich First Responders do, or have any questions about the life-saving defribulator located at The Sycamore pub, e.g. how to access it, then please call Martin on 390529, who’d be happy to explain it to you.

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First Responders Wanted

We have just had our AGM where we discussed recruitment. The number of active members remains small so being able to cover the rota is a huge problem. More volunteers could make such a difference.

If you are over 18years, no upper age limit,  and have an interest in becoming a volunteer and want to find out more why not come to the next training session.  There you can meet the existing First Responders, watch a training session and get a general idea of what is involved. You will be made very welcome.

Please contact Martin 529 or Sue 334 for more details on becoming involved.

Ange Roebuck

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First Responder Event

First Responder Training  AGM and Christmas Nibbles
We will be meeting on Wednesday 5th December at 7.30  in the meeting room and would like to extend an invitation to all past and potential Responders to join us. For further information please ring Sue H (334).

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First Responders

 A big thank you to those who braved the awful weather this evening to learn how to use the static defibrillator.  I think everyone agreed that John’s training was clear and reassuring, with the emphasis on just doing something, even if  it might not be textbook correct. We even raised £32 for the Air Ambulance in the process.

Sue H

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Training for All

Just a quick reminder about the training session at the Memorial Hall. It is open to everybody and we hope that lots of people will pop along for the session. It should last about an hour and a half, finishing with free refreshments.

So whether you feel that your life saving skills are rusty or if you think that you would have no idea what to do in the case of a heart attack please come and hear John Whittaker from East Midlands Ambulance Service guide us all through what you should do.
We have decided to hold a raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance during the evening. Parwich First Responders look forward to seeing you on Thursday at 7.30. Sue H

Static Defibrillator Training

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Training for All

Static Defibrillator Training

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Defibrillator Training

Training on how to use the Static Defibrillator, which is located on the wall of the Sycamore Inn, Parwich, will take place in the Parwich Memorial Hall, 7:30pm, Thursday 20 September 2018.

It is useful to have as many people as possible trained to use defibrillators as they can be found in so many locations these days, opening up the potential to save more lives.

You do not need to be a First Responder (FPOS) to undertake the training, but anyone who would like to become one are more than welcome to.

More details will follow closer to the date about what the training will involve, but just wanted to get the date in peoples’ diaries.

FPOS Team

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The static defibrillator has been moved from the entrance to the church and is now situated by the main entrance to The Sycamore Inn. It was felt by the first responders that this was a more prominent position and Kirsty very kindly agreed to site it on the pub wall. Anyone needing to access a defibrillator in in emergency should 1st dial 999 to access the code and make sure an ambulance is dispatched.
Last week the existing First Responders attended a requalification event with EMAS. We are very pleased to report that they were all successful in requalifying. The number of fully trained First Responders is quite small and although we have a few people ready and waiting to undergo training, more volunteers are required. The First Responders we have in Parwich the more coverage we can provide. It is entirely voluntary being a First Responders and it is up to individuals to choose how much time they can spare.
If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer and want to find out more why not come to the next training session. There you can meet the existing First Responders, watch a training session and get a general idea of what is involved. You will be made very welcome.
Please contact Martin 529 or Sue 334 for more details on becoming involved.

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First Responders

Parwich First Responders are continuing to recruit new members. Attached is some useful information about the role of a First Responder.

Who/What Are We?
Parwich First Responders have been providing emergency first aid cover to the village and surrounding areas for the past 12 years. First Responders are there to support life threatening conditions, including heart attack, asthma and loss of consciousness. They aim to maintain breathing and circulation until advanced life support is available.
We meet every 2 months in Parwich Memorial Hall to refresh our training in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

What Can You Do?
As a Responder you can offer as little or as much time as you like each week. Being on duty does not stop you getting on with normal activities providing you are around the village and in range of a phone.

Can Anyone Become a First Responder?
The training provided by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is thorough and gives you confidence to attend to and deal with a medical emergency such as a heart attack or breathing difficulties. You acquire good First Aid skills for your role of a First Responder . These skills you will find can be useful in everyday life.
Once you have received your training you are not expected to go out to calls on your own unless you choose to. Some of the experienced First Responders still choose to ‘buddy up’ with another First Responders for a duty period.

No previous experience is required you just need to be 18 years old but there is no upper age limit.

Please ring Sue 334 or Martin 529 if you are interested in becoming a First Responder or would to come to one of the informal training sessions to find out a bit more about the role.

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First Responders

Parwich First Responders are continuing to recruit new members. Attached is some useful information about the role of a First Responder.

Who/What Are We?
Parwich First Responders have been providing emergency first aid cover to the village and surrounding areas for the past 12 years. First Responders are there to support life threatening conditions, including heart attack, asthma and loss of consciousness. They aim to maintain breathing and circulation until advanced life support is available.
We meet every 2 months in Parwich Memorial Hall to refresh our training in an informal and supportive atmosphere.

What Can You Do?
As a Responder you can offer as little or as much time as you like each week. Being on duty does not stop you getting on with normal activities providing you are around the village and in range of a phone.

Can Anyone Become a First Responder?
The training provided by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is thorough and gives you confidence to attend to and deal with a medical emergency such as a heart attack or breathing difficulties. You acquire good First Aid skills for your role of a First Responder . These skills you will find can be useful in everyday life.
Once you have received your training you are not expected to go out to calls on your own unless you choose to. Some of the experienced First Responders still choose to ‘buddy up’ with another First Responders for a duty period.

No previous experience is required you just need to be 18 years old but there is no upper age limit.

Please ring Sue 334 or Martin 529 if you are interested in becoming a First Responder or would to come to one of the informal training sessions to find out a bit more about the role.

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First Responders

Parwich First Responders held  their AGM on Monday 4 December. The chair reported that over the past year there had been 9 callouts. The role that the First Responders carry out supports the community until ambulance services can get to patients. Only 8 fully trained people are now in post so recruiting new people to undertake the First Responder role is crucial if we are to provide as much cover as possible for Parwich and its surrounding areas. 2 people have already expressed an interest in becoming a first Responder and we are investigating  when we could arrange  training. If we could get more people interested it would be good for everyone to train together.  In the New Year we are planning to have an information session so people can along and see what is involved.  Details will follow once this is arranged

 Angela R

Parwich First Responders

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PFR will be meeting on Monday 4th December for food and drinks and would like to invite former Responders along with anyone interested in joining the group to come along at 8.45pm to the Memorial Hall.

The social part will be preceded at 7.30 by a quick training session and AGM which all are also welcome to attend.

Please contact Sue H (334) if you would like to join us for any part of the evening.

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PFR will be meeting on Monday 4th December for food and drinks and would like to invite former Responders along with anyone interested in joining the group to come along at 8.45pm to the Memorial Hall.

The social part will be preceded at 7.30 by a quick training session and AGM which all are also welcome to attend.

Please contact Sue H (334) if you would like to join us for any part of the evening.

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First Responder Training

First Responders will be meeting for training on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30 in the Memorial Hall and would welcome any potential new recruits.

Sue H  tel. 334

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First Responders Wanted

18 – 74?

Did you know that if you are between the ages of 18 and 74 you could volunteer with Parwich First Responders?

After initial training you could join our small but friendly group to help us provide emergency medical cover for Parwich and the surrounding area.

Your commitment would involve regular training with the group in the village approximately every 2 months. You would also be able to cover two or more slots on our rota each week (or even none if you were too busy in any particular week). Slots are morning, afternoon , evening or night and you choose what you want to do and whether you would prefer to respond alone or in a pair.

You are welcome to join us at our next training session in September.

Please contact any member of PFR or ring Martin (529) or Sue (334). We would love to hear from you!

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The Parwich First Responders’ were honoured last night to be presented with a cheque for £100  from Nina Cole. Nina had set up 18 personal challenges that she wanted to complete by her 18th birthday. These included setting up cake stalls, car boot sales, bran tubs, guess the sweeties in a jar and name the bear at various events. Nina’s family have connections with the village and she felt it was a worthwhile cause as she is herself starting to train as a Community First Responder. We feel very privileged to have been chosen and gave a big thank you to Nina for all the money she has raised not only for the Parwich First Responders’ but for the other good causes that she has donated money to.

FPOS donation

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Congratulations First Responders

Parwich First Responders spent the weekend re-training and qualifying to act as what is now called “First Person On Scene”. Current Responders were required to undertake this 2 day course in order to attain a new national standard.
As Chair of PFR I want to publicly thank our group for giving up yet another weekend in their busy lives. Everyone has already spent at least two weekends for initial training and we continue that commitment by practising skills every 2 months and going on the rota each week to provide emergency cover for Parwich and surrounding area.
So a HUGE “thank you and well done” to Martin, Ben, Ed, Patti and Helen. Thanks also go to Sally and Margaret who were unable to attend on Saturday but who hope to complete their new qualification at the next opportunity. The time you all give never fails to amaze me.
Even better is the fact that we are lucky to have two new recruits: Debbie and Angela qualified to respond with us. Congratulations on passing and welcome to the group!
Finally, just a reminder that in the event of any medical emergency the number to dial is 999. If a Responder is on duty and a call out is appropriate then the control desk will dispatch one of us.
Sue H

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Thank You

The family of Peggy Lees would like to thank everyone for their very kind donations given at Peggys’ funeral. The total donated to Parwich First Responders was £635.

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Parwich First Responder News

Static Defibrillators in Ashbourne

Some of you may have noticed the arrival of static defibrillators in Ashbourne. There are now 7 of these at various locations in town – at The Bowling Green pub, Preston’s Garage (Derby Rd), The Pavillion on the recreation ground, David Neil’s on Compton, Ashbourne Sports Injury Clinic (Waterside Retail Park), Betty’s Sewing Box (former library on Cockayne Ave) and the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on the Market Place.

Anyone can access these yellow boxes if they need to help somebody suffering a heart attack. Following the installation of our own Static Defibrillator  we held a basic training session to explain how and when to use it. We would like to remind people that if you suspect that somebody is having a heart attack you take the following action :

  1. Dial 999
  2. Whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive you will be informed if there is a static defibrillator in the vicinity and given the code to open it.
  3. Follow the instructions (written and audio) from the defibrillator aswell as any given over the phone from the 999 call centre.

Still Going Strong!

Parwich First Responders recently marked 10 years as a group! It seems fitting to report that we all passed our annual re-assessment last Sunday. With ten active Responders we do our best to cover morning, afternoon and evening slots on a rota. One valiant Responder even signs on during the night, giving the village additional cover a couple of times a week. As always, the bigger the group we are, the more slots we can cover on our rota. Most Responders do one or two slots each week. Although we now have a Static Defibrillator in the village we still think that it is important to provide as much cover as possible to Parwich and the surrounding area through First Responders.

We are therefore  thrilled to have 4 new people who want to train to join PFR group. If anyone else is also interested please contact Martin (529) or Sue (334) to enable us to coordinate the next training sessions.

Sue H.

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Click on image above to see the Agenda. All welcome

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First Responders AGM

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Click on image above to see the Agenda. All welcome

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Parwich First Responders need somebody to do their weekly rota from 1st September. In the past the role has been performed by somebody doing their Duke Of Edinburgh Award and requires a weekly commitment of 30 to 60 minutes. Our current Responders email their availability to the Rota Co-ordinator who needs to issue the rota for the following week every Sunday evening. We need someone who is reliable and organised.

If you are interested, or know of someone who needs to undertake volunteering work, please ring Sue H on 334 for more information.

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Tuesday’s meeting to explain how to access and use our new village static defibrillator was well supported. Around 50 people came to hear First Responder Co-ordinator Ian Beard tell us what to expect and how to deal with someone in cardiac arrest.
Ian explained what the 999 control desk would tell a caller to do; how to obtain and use the defibrillator and how to give chest compressions and rescue breaths to the patient. He stressed that any aid given is better than none. Everyone appeared to be in agreement that they now felt confident enough to use the defibrillator to assist someone in need.
The evening finished with tea and cake provided by Parwich First Responders.
For anyone who was unable to attend the meeting and who would like to know more they are very welcome to phone Martin C (529) or Sue H (334).

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A Most Important Meeting

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A Most Important Meeting

“Possibly the most important meeting you will ever attend”

You will have read recently about the arrival of our very own static defibrillator for use by any one of us if the need should arise. Parwich First Responders can now confirm that The Community Heartbeat Trust will be coming to talk on

Tuesday 30th September
at 7.30pm
The Memorial Hall

The aim of the evening is to help you understand how to use this life-saving equipment in the event of an emergency. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. For more information you might like to read the attached leaflet:

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A Most Important Meeting

“Possibly the most important meeting you will ever attend”

You will have read recently about the arrival of our very own static defibrillator for use by any one of us if the need should arise. Parwich First Responders can now confirm that The Community Heartbeat Trust will be coming to talk on

Tuesday 30th September
at 7.30pm
The Memorial Hall

The aim of the evening is to help you understand how to use this life-saving equipment in the event of an emergency. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. For more information you might like to read the attached leaflet:

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Most Important Meeting

“Possibly the most important meeting you will ever attend”

You will have read recently about the arrival of our very own static defibrillator for use by any one of us if the need should arise. Parwich First Responders can now confirm that The Community Heartbeat Trust will be coming to talk on

Tuesday 30th September
at 7.30pm
The Memorial Hall

The aim of the evening is to help you understand how to use this life-saving equipment in the event of an emergency. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. For more information you might like to read the attached leaflet:

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Important New Arrival

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Parwich is now the proud owner of its very own static defibrillator!! Thanks to Lottery funding, Waitrose and local charities and the organisational efforts of Martin C, on behalf of Parwich First Responders, villagers will have this kit at their disposal to use in the event of a heart attack when there are no First Responders available to assist.

How does it work? As always the first step will be to dial 999. If there is no First Responder to be dispatched the caller will be advised that they can get our static defibrillator and given instructions how to operate it. This equipment can then be used until such time as an ambulance arrives.

How will I know what to do? The defibrillator will “talk” you through what you need to do. However, training for the entire village will be provided (hopefully at the end of September) to ensure that you are confident to use it. Parwich First Responders strongly recommend that you attend this training so that you know exactly what to do to save the life of a loved-one at what will be a traumatic time.

Remember: the earlier chest compressions followed by use of a defibrillator (if appropriate) are started, the better the outcome for the patient.

Please watch this space for further information. We also hope to deliver information to each household.

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon!
Parwich will soon have a very important new arrival!
Watch this space…
Sue H

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Hurrah for Waitrose

Waitrose are donating £510 towards Parwich First Responders. A massive help towards the cost of the defibrillator. Well done to those who shopped in Waitrose for the month and thank you to Waitrose for making PFR one of their charities for the month of February.

Fiona

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The First Responders would greatly appreciate any help with fund raising for the static defib. If you have any ideas or are keen to be involved please contact Martin C on 390529.

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Static Defib Update

The total cost is in the region of £2500, and the Community Heartbeat Trust would give us £500 towards it. We have also put in for an Awards for All grant.

Martin C

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