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 WINDSOR FIRST RESPONDERS RECEIVE VITAL FUNDING FROM CALA HOMES

Windsor Community First Responders (CFRs) has received £1,700 funding from local housebuilder CALA Homes, to install a communication and tracking system in its first response car. This new device will provide access to the mapping database currently used by other emergency services. CALA Homes is an upmarket, award-winning housebuilder, whose Millennium Fields development is located in nearby Bracknell.

Formed in 2006, Windsor CFR brings together people from every walk of life with a common goal of making a difference by volunteering their time and skills in potentially life or death situations. The Windsor CFR Scheme is part of South Central Ambulance Charity. They assist South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) by attending emergency calls in the areas in which they live or work, and because they are local, they can often reach a potentially life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew can get to the scene. South Central Ambulance Charity has over 1200 Community First Responders and Co-Responders across the region who are trained and supported by SCAS. As well as their role as CFRs our volunteers also fundraise for the Charity and work in their communities promoting the importance of bystander CPR and demonstrating the use of public access defibrillators.

The cash boost was awarded to the group as part of the award-winning housebuilder’s 2018 Community Bursary scheme, which saw a number of charities, groups and organisations across Berkshire receive funding for projects that would make a significant impact on their community. Windsor Community First Responders was carefully-selected as one of the lucky recipients, with the money going towards a state-of-the-art communication Terrafix tracking system.

Nick Twine, Managing Director for CALA Homes (Thames), said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the Windsor Community First Responders as part of the 2018 Community Bursary scheme. Community is firmly placed at the centre of our ethos, and the first response volunteers perfectly mirror this, with the incredible work they do – potentially saving lives. Therefore, we are thrilled to provide the funding to enable them to purchase and install their system, which will hopefully result in much more effective communication between them and the emergency services.”

Frank Epstein, Volunteer at Windsor Community First Responders, adds: “The Windsor group of CFRs have successfully raised enough funds in the past in order to equip ourselves with necessary equipment such as defibrillators and first aid kits, however we have always lacked a suitable communication and tracking system, which can impact negatively on our response time in an emergency. That’s why we’re so grateful to CALA Homes for their generous funding. The Terrafix system allows electronic transfer of data, sent from the Emergency Operations Centre via a mobile phone signal, which will enable us to access the mapping database used by other emergency services. Finding a house in an estate with no numbering can be very time consuming and every minute lost potentially reduces the chances of survival of a patient in cardiac arrest by 14%!

“In the first week of its installation, we were called to four 999 calls and on all four call-outs the local volunteers were first to the scene and were able to start patient care before the arrival of an ambulance. The intuitive new system took us right to the doorstep of the emergency.”

CALA Homes is an award-winning, upmarket housebuilder with developments across Berkshire including their Orchard Grange in Wokingham. For more information, visit www.cala.co.uk.

For more information about South Central Ambulance Charity and our Community First Responders visit www.sca-charity.org.uk

 

 

 

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