It was fantastic to work with Colchester Community First Responders (CFR) in their mission to place more defibrillators into the community. So far they have installed over 50 machines and we were more than happy to donate a device after we secured funding in the area from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme. Colchester CFR’s have also been raising awareness and running training sessions on how to use the machines.

A cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time and following the four steps in the chain of survival can help to increase the patient chances of survival.

  • Call 999
  • Commence CPR
  • Early Defibrillation
  • Early Advanced Life Support

Defibrillators are easy to use and come with either verbal or visual step by step instructions. The machines are designed to be used by anyone with or without prior training. Anyone needing a defibrillator should call 999 in the first instance and the call handler will advise where the nearest one is and how to access it. If effective CPR and a defibrillator can be applied within the first 3-5 minutes of collapse the chances of survival for the victim can increase from 6%-74%. Without immediate treatment, 90%-95% of patients will die.

Community First Responders are teams of volunteers who are trained by the local ambulance service to a nationally recognised level. They provide lifesaving treatment to people in their local communities.

As well as being run by volunteers CFR groups are financially self-supporting and rely on donations and fundraising events to support their schemes.