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Sittingbourne First Responders

By Mrs Wendy Licence Newington Parish Council

Monday, 17 August 2020


Newington Parish Council Contributor


Sittingbourne First Responders are members of the local community who volunteer to respond to emergency life threatening calls through the 999 system in conjunction with our Ambulance Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) our NHS. Community First Responders provide care to patients within the local community before the arrival of the ambulance service , they are trained by SECAMB to deliver lifesaving interventions and defibrillations to patients in cardiac arrest increasing the patients chance of survival. In an ideal world, there would be an ambulance available on every street corner in each town or village, but sadly this is not the case. Therefore, Community First Responders are vital resources to the ambulance service and the community we service, what they do really does make a difference.

There are 9 responders within the team, each responder, responds to incidents from either their home or work location up to a 5 miles radius using their own vehicles - they serve a wide community, the group name suggests "Sittingbourne" but this is just our Ambulance station base. They cover a vast area in support of our ambulance service that is so precious to everyone.

As a non-profit voluntary group they solely rely on donations and receive no funding from the Government or SECAMB, therefore, they are reaching out to the local communities & businesses to ask you for your help and support in any financial contribution, no matter how big or small - every donation really does make a real difference. The set up costs for a new responder is approx. £2,500, training equipment and ongoing costs are extremely high, they run local CPR & AED sessions to the public for free, so it is vital they gain support from our local communities & businesses so that we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of so many.

Saving lives up your street!

For details of their work please click on the following link: Sittingbourne First Responders

Contact Information

Mrs Wendy Licence

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Newington, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 7JR