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First Responders/Parish Council.

OUR FIRST RESPONDERS DEMONSTRATE their art to the PARISH COUNCIL


Sue (Suzanne), the Responders Co-ordinator, and husband Jim (James) McAcree, set out ‘their stall’ in front of Parish Council Members, explaining how the equipment is used.

The Parish Council, through its Clerk Neil Williams, expressed a wish to know more about the St Osyth First Responders. Sue McAree the Coordinator for the St Osyth Group replied saying she would arrange for their role to be explained and some simple life saving techniques demonstrated and invited the Council to suggest a date, a few weeks in advance, where Sue would have equipment to hand and give some basic training for any member interested.
Thursday 14th November was a date agreed and at 7.15 p.m. the evening began. I must say it proved both an informative evening and in fact also quite entertaining, when Council Members efforts were taken into account!

Leslie Fuller with Alma Blockley as her patient

Alma Blockley with Leslie Fuller as her patient

John Kemp, helped by Sue, with Neil Williams as patient

Neil Williams with John Kemp as patient supervised by Jim.

Michael Talbot with Neil as his patient and helped by Jim, attempting to put Neil in the ‘recovery’ position. It is of note that Michael, got cramp in both legs during this exercise, virtually collapsing on to Neil and being rescued himself!!

Neil Williams is about to use the defibrillator on the very special dummy which is on the floor. Jim leads Neil in using the equipment, which itself gives audible ‘beeps’ for the chest compression rhythm and tell you when to ‘shock’ the patient.

In Parish Terms the first mention of the First Responders was in the February 2001 Parish Magazine in an article headed “Heart Attack Survival”. The following is copied from that article:-
In 1997 Essex Ambulance Service pioneered a scheme to train volunteers in lifesaving resuscitation including the use of automatic defibrillators. The scheme is known as Heart Watch and the volunteers known as Community First Responders, these being a vital link in the chain of survival. First Responders are taught how to administer emergency first aid for a number of potentially life threatening conditions. It is well documented that the severity of these conditions can be alleviated with correct early intervention thus 'buying time' for the patient whilst the Ambulance is on the way.

Jim has put on a piece of training equipment (red colour), which is used to demonstrate how to unblock a person’s windpipe. Leslie will work just as though this was a real case and it will demonstrate whether her procedure is successful or not! This can be used on Adults and Children alike

This procedure is known as the ‘Heimlich manoeuvre’. Leslie has been told to clasp her hands around Jim, at the belly button level (you can see her hands) and then to sharply pull in and up at the same time. If she does it correctly a cork and fluff shoot out from the red equipment he is wearing!

The automatic defibrillator is prepared. The box contains everything needed with recorded instruction on what to do. The pads to be placed on the body and through which the electric shock is delivered. The pads are unwrapped ready. In a ‘real’ emergency treatment, new pads are used.

Neil , following the above, giving the dummy chest compressions

John Kemp opens up the box up with Jim watching closely

John is now giving chest compressions following in time to the ‘beep’ given out by the equipment

After giving chest compressions the responder breaths air into the patient through a sterilised mask

Alma now gives it a try to get a feel for the procedure

Michael has a try for himself – no cramp this time!


John Kemp rounds us off with a perfect and safe transfer of an unconscious patient lying on his back to the recovery position . An unconscious patient on their back is always in danger of swallowing their tongue or choking on vomit, so they must be put on their side without damage to uncontrolled and floppy limbs.

All the above pictures were taken by Neil Williams and John Kemp using their camera phones




I think readers of this page, living in the village should be very grateful to know that we have a small team of First Responders , who no matter what time of day or night they are called when on their duty rota, will come to any of our homes to save the life of someone close to us. Sue’s dream has always been to operate 24/7. The Responders have come close at 92.70% but sadly today it is nearer to 50% cover, which still involves the First Responders team being on duty for 4380hrs in the year. How can we not appreciate the work of them all.
I did say a small band of people, but more volunteers are needed. As more people are trained then each one is ‘on duty’ less frequently. Please think to yourself – could I do this? Well I will give you the answer and it is YES, you could do it if for no other reason than love of your fellow man!
If you are in the slightest bit interested talk to Sue McAree on the phone, at least to start with. Her number is 01255 821522

M.J.T.
23/11/13


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