Imagine the difference we can make to people’s lives.
When an individual calls 999 in desperate need for an ambulance, rather than waiting for the next available crew, and within a few short minutes, a fully trained and equipped Community HABSS First Responder can be there, the ambulance is still on its way but your HABSS First Responder is already on the scene.
Being based locally, we are able to attend the scene of an emergency call in a very short time; often within the first few minutes and, in the majority of incidents, we will be first on the scene.
When the ambulance service send a Community First Responder, the individual is fully trained to use a defibrillator and administer oxygen to a collapsed patient within three to four minutes.
The patient’s chances of survival will increase by 10% for every minute that the HABSS First Responder is there prior to the arrival of the ambulance crew.
HABSS First Responders have benefitted greatly from the generosity of the public, parish councils and local businesses and have been able to purchase three emergency medical kits in addition to training equipment and uniforms. As a result, we are in the fortunate position of not needing additional funds for the time being. More volunteers would be very welcome, however!
Every penny donated to HABSS was put towards running our Community First Responders group. The list below shows what we spent the money on.
- Emergency medical kits – We cannot operate without these! We now have 3 kits, each kit costing in the region of £2,000.
- Hi Viz Bomber Jackets. These (with appropriate labelling) identify us to the public and to other health professionals, but most importantly act as work-wear whilst on call. In addition, during publicity campaigns, they present a smart and co-ordinated image. Cost £30 each.
- Uniform Polo shirts. Each HABSS Responder has his or her own issue. Each one costs about £22.
- Mobile phone for additional cover.
- Pulse Oximeter. This is a device used to measure the amount of haemoglobin that is saturated with oxygen, which is a measure of how much oxygen the blood is carrying. The device means there’s no need to actually take a sample of blood to perform the procedure. It costs approx £315.
Ongoing Expenses – just to give you an idea
- Telephone bills – estimated at £10 per month depending upon how busy we are.
- Defibrillator pads. Use once, then discard. In addition, they are time-limited, so every couple of years, we have to replace unused ones at £25 a set.