Life-saving volunteer scheme extended

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, December 19, 2013


VOLUNTEERS have been trained to assist Isle of Wight ambulance crews in the Calbourne and Shalfleet area as part of an emergency first response scheme.

Community Responders are used to administer extended first aid, carry out patient assessment, oxygen therapy and the management of medical emergencies.

The scheme is well established on the Isle of Wight but has now been extended to Calbourne and Shalfleet, after five members of staff at In Flight Peripherals (IFPL), in Elm Lane, Shalfleet, received training.

Managing director of IFPL, Geoff Underwood, was among those trained and said: "By signing up to the scheme we can do our part to support the local community, and with 40 employees now at IFPL, it means we have cover in the event that someone here needs immediate treatment."

Community Responders are trained to use automatic defibrillators and latest evidence has suggested these are most effective if used within the first five minutes of the patient collapsing, a spokesman said.

Since completing their training, the new volunteers have already attended a life threatening call out, when the responder was on scene within three and a half minutes of the call, with the Ambulance arriving 11 minutes later.

The ambulance service is always looking for new volunteers and hopes to set up future schemes in Seaview, Chale, St Lawrence and Wroxall.

Anyone interested can ring (01983) 534111 or e-mail


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