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The Dufton Community First Responder (CFR) team are now up and running, responding to emergency calls in the local community.

When you ring 999 for an ambulance the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) contacts the nearest CFR teams who are able to respond quickly to offer support for the patient until the arrival of an ambulance.

CFRs are everyday members of the general public who are trained to deal with a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions The Dufton team work alongside other local teams such as Milburn and Appleby & Murton cum Hilton.

The NWAS provide new responders with their initial training. Ongoing training is provided via online learning and through local (volunteer) specially trained Field Trainers.

CFRs are expected to attend regular training sessions and have their competencies reassessed by NWAS on an annual basis. Each CFR team receives one set of emergency kit, a defibrillator and a pager from NWAS. Any additional equipment or pagers are funded by the local CFR team.

Caite Guest said: “Through the hard work of the Dufton CFR Committee, the Secretary in particular, we have received grants from several organisations which have enabled us to purchase our first sets of equipment. In particular we would like to thank the Cumbria Community Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund, the Upper Eden Community Grant Fund and Appleby Local Members Scheme budget, the Cooperative Membership Community Fund and Age UK.

“The local community has been invaluable in fundraising for the scheme – the Stag Inn and Postbox Pantry have been committed supporters from the outset. Dufton CFRs would not be able to continue without the support of the local community – from individual donations to sponsor a pager each month to a very successful bingo evening, the local community have been amazing. Thank you all!

“The funding we have received via grants has purchased equipment for the team – this includes an emergency equipment backpack, the contents for the backpack (including bandages/dressings etc) and a defibrillator. NWAS provide oxygen for each full kit.

“Although we are really pleased with the success so far, costs for the pagers are on-going (approximately £20 per month each) and not all grant providers allow funds to be used for this purpose. We are hoping that the impetus of fund-raising will continue and that the community will continue to support events and put the odd coin or two in the collecting tins.

“A big ‘thank you’ to all of you who have supported the setting up of the Dufton Community First Responders Team and have already contributed so much. We hope that you won’t need a First Responder but it’s comforting to know that there are fully trained volunteers available should they be needed.”