AN ECCLESHALL firm is urging businesses to follow their lead after six staff members signed up to the Village’s First Responders.
Online marketing specialists ExtraMile Communications threw their weight behind Eccleshall First Responders, an unfunded volunteer group who the first on the scene at any emergency incident within an eight mile radius.
ExtraMile MD Gabrielle Hadley said: “We believe very strongly in helping our local community and Eccleshall First Responders certainly needs our support.
“If every local business provided one volunteer that would make a massive difference.”
Eccleshall First Responders are not paramedics and receive no formal paramedic training but are highly trained in basic life support and attended more than 400 emergency calls last year.
Eccleshall First Responder group co-ordinator Martin Watson said: “We need more volunteers to help us expand the service and provide a quick response to any local 999 call.
“At the moment we have nine volunteers and we‘d like to have 20 in place by the end of next year,” he said.
“It doesn’t have to be a massive commitment – it could just mean a couple of hours a year to man our stand at the Eccleshall Show, or helping with the organisation and running of fundraising events.
First Responders deal with a variety of incidents including traffic accidents, strokes, heart attacks, breathing problems and births among other incidents as well as delivering the British Heart Foundation’s HeartStart training, which teaches people how to help someone suffering a cardiac arrest in local schools and libraries.