Volunteers of the Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responders have helped save hundreds of lives attending life-threatening emergency calls.
This year the group, founded more than ten years ago, were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. They were presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst at the Tilbury Community Centre in September 2018.
The 14 volunteers of the group respond to 999 calls from the East of England Ambulance Service to reach potential life-threatening emergencies in their area in the vital first minutes.
They provide a 24 hour, seven days a week, volunteer rota to respond to category A life-threatening medical emergencies. Between January and September in 2017 the group responded to 406 calls and since 2012 they have responded to more than 1,000 calls and have been ‘on duty’ for more than 6,300 hours.
The group consists entirely of local volunteers who are recruited, trained and annually assessed to the high standards required by the Ambulance Service. They are inspirational, passionate and enthusiastic about their work and there is a strong togetherness in the team.