Free event in Starston could help you save a life

Waveney Valley first responders are encouraging people to come to a free CPR training event

Pictured: Group Co-ordinator Shaun Button and Training Officer Steven Hammond ANL-160413-183209009

Waveney Valley first responders are encouraging people to come to a free CPR training event Pictured: Group Co-ordinator Shaun Button and Training Officer Steven Hammond ANL-160413-183209009

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The Waveney Valley First Responders are encouraging people to attend a free training event – which will give people the confidence and skills to potentially save lives.

Members of the public are invited for free cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training and demonstrations at the Jubilee Hall in Starston on Saturday, April 30, running from 10am to 4pm.

The event is just about letting the people meet the responders team, find out what we do and how we do it. We just want to give something back

Shaun Button

Harleston resident and group co-ordinator Shaun Button, who has been a volunteer for the Waveney Valley Community Responders since 2013, said three volunteers covered an area including Harleston, the Pulhams, Fressingfield, Wingfield, Tivetshall and Denton.

He said being in a rural area, the minutes waiting for an ambulance can be crucial. First responders help by attending medical emergencies before an ambulance arrives.

“The event is just about letting the people meet the responders team, find out what we do and how we do it. We just want to give something back,” he said.

“If you ever find yourself in a CPR situation, what we will do on the day will give a clear understanding on how to do it. Something really is better than nothing in these situations.”

The importance of first aid training was highlighted in the Diss Express last month.

Robert Long, 73, suffered a cardiac arrest while at work at Rosedale Funeral Home in Diss at the end of last year, with staff at the scene performing CPR until the ambulance arrived, leading to a “brilliant” recovery.

To volunteer for your local first responder group, call 0845 6013733 or email norfolkre sponder@eastamb.nhs.uk.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/waveney valleycommunityfirstrespond ers.

You can also follow the Waveney Responders on Twitter @waveneyCFRS.