In conjunction with it’s promotion and support of local business, Test Valley Business Awards is proud to support Community First Responders as its nominated charity for 2015.
Now in the eleventh year, the Test Valley Business Awards is well established as the ideal platform for Test Valley businesses, especially new and smaller enterprises, to gain the recognition and media coverage they need to grow and provide invaluable networking opportunities.
Community First Responders are volunteers who are trained by the Ambulance Service in the use of an Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs), oxygen and basic life-saving skills and who can provide vital support and treatment to patients until the arrival of an ambulance. Clinical evidence states that when people are suffering from life threatening conditions, such as heart attacks, people who receive rapid treatment, have a greater chance of survival.
In cases of cardiac arrest a patient’s chance of survival decreases by 14% for every minute that passes which means that early defibrillation is vital. Due to the CFRs location they can often be on scene within 5 minutes and start that immediate and often vital lifesaving treatment before the nearest available ambulance crew arrives.
Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home or place of work. They are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance via ambulance control to attend ‘immediately life threatening’ calls. Community First Responders are trained and have the equipment to support an individual with various medical emergencies until the arrival of an emergency response. Some conditions that they are able to deal with include:
- Cardiac arrest
- Heart attack
- Diabetic emergencies
Elizabeth Topps, Community Responder Liaison and Training Officer said “We are really pleased that the Test Valley Business Awards have chosen the Community First Responders to be their charity for 2015.”
“Their support will mean that Community Responder groups in the Test Valley will receive additional vital support to help them to continue to support local communities.”
A spokesperson for the Test Valley Business Awards Steering Committee said of supporting CFR for 2015 “TVBA is very pleased to support CFR, reflecting the strength of our local communities across Test Valley, from Andover and Romsey to all of the rural villages.”
“The CFR were nominated by a local business and many of the volunteers work for local business or run their own businesses illustrating the often close relationship between local voluntary organisations and businesses.”
Tickets for the 2015 Gala Awards Dinner, featuring Nicholas Parsons and held at The Lights, Andover, on 21st April are now available to pre-order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org while more information can be found on the website at www.tvbawards.org.uk