Volunteer team needs cash for life-saving kit

Melton Community First Responders celebrate their 10th birthday last year. Picture: Tim Williams EMN-150510-144244001
Melton Community First Responders celebrate their 10th birthday last year. Picture: Tim Williams EMN-150510-144244001
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A medical emergency service which treats 1,700 Melton patients every year desperately needs to upgrade some of its ageing life-saving equipment.

Members of Melton Community First Responders arrive at the scene of a 999 call before an ambulance crew 99 per cent of the time.

Their trained volunteers administer first aid to patients and use defibrillators to treat an average of 25 people every year with a life-threatening condition such as a cardiac arrest.

But those defibrillators were bought up to 11 years ago and need to be replaced because they are outdated and essential consumables such as pads and batteries are becoming more difficult to find.

The organisation has this week applied for a £1,000 grant from our 2015 Make It Happen community grant aid campaign, which is funded by Ragdale Hall.

The cash would pay for a new defibrillator to replace one of the older ones.

Scheme co-ordinator Ina Scott said: “We started a project a year ago to upgrade all of our defibrillators.

“We have managed to replace the first six which we bought before 2007 but we still have another seven of the older ones in use.

“We have managed to get a deal where we can get the modern defibrillators for £1,000 each.

“The old ones will be soon be obsolete and we won’t be able to get hold of the consumables so it is very important we upgrade our kit as soon as possible.”

The 20 volunteers who staff the scheme last year gave 19,160 hours of their time.

They come from a variety of professional backgrounds including office and factory work.

Members work on a rota and attend incidents in Melton and close surrounding villages, such as Scalford, Long Clawson, Harby, Waltham and Asfordby.

Some of the volunteers have upskilled their training so they can respond to calls to treat babies and trauma patients as well.

Mrs Scott added: “I would hope we can upgrade our defibrillators by 2017.

“We had the money to replace some of them but we need help paying for the others for what is a very important community service.”