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Community responders in Norfolk attend 5,000th call-out

PUBLISHED: 14:51 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 26 March 2018

CFRs. Picture: East of England ambulance trust

CFRs. Picture: East of England ambulance trust

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A community first responder (CFR) group in Norfolk has reached a landmark by attending its 5,000th call-out.

Volunteers from Wroxham and Hoveton CFRs have been attending medical emergencies for more than 11 years.

A recent call to help a patient with breathing difficulties represented the group’s 5,000 call.

Co-ordinator Kevin Webster, who has attended more than 3,000 of those calls, said the group has seven CFRs, but they were always keen to hear from new volunteers.

He said: “There are many highlights from helping an elderly patient who has had a fall to successfully resuscitating a patient who is in cardiac arrest. Someone had a cardiac arrest in my home once and we managed to get him back. Every call has its challenge, but that is what makes the role so satisfactory and enjoyable.”

For more information about volunteering and becoming a CFR, visit www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders

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