Equipped to save LIVES

Sutterton LIVES First Responders, received a Co-op grant for new equipment.'L-R Michael Newman and Kathryn Newman - fundraisers for Sutterton LIVES, Martin Blackman - First Responder and group co-ordinator.
Sutterton LIVES First Responders, received a Co-op grant for new equipment.'L-R Michael Newman and Kathryn Newman - fundraisers for Sutterton LIVES, Martin Blackman - First Responder and group co-ordinator.

FOR a LIVES First Responder, having the right equipment, medication and training is vital in order to help save lives.

Thanks to a £720 grant from Lincolnshire Co-op, those needing emergency medical help around the Sutterton area are now in safer hands, after new equipment was bought for the local Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) group.

Sutterton community first responder Martin Blackman applied for the grant and has recently received the new equipment and medical drugs he needed.

“I have been a CFR for LIVES since July 2009 and, to date, I have attended approximately 100 call-outs varying in severity from cardiac arrest to headache.” he said.

“There is great satisfaction to be had in helping other people in their time of need. Whether it’s a major or minor treatment, just being there normally calms the situation and takes away pressure from bystanders or family members. It is a satisfying job to successfully resuscitate somebody and it’s good for the soul.”

Martin, who runs his own First Aid and health and safety training company, Soteria Solutions, recently attended a level four training course with LIVES – the highest level a CFR can attain. This means he is now able to carry and administer potentially life-saving medical drugs to patients.

He said: “I now carry Entonox (gas and air) for pain relief, Salbutamol for breathing difficulties, Glucagon for diabetic Hypoglycaemia and Adrenaline for anaphylactic shock.”

Martin applied for the grant to help with this extra training; some of which was paid for by donations from members of the Sutterton community.

LIVES is looking for further donations to help with the continued running costs of the group and to train new responders to cover Boston borough - particulary in the villages between Boston and Skegness.

Steve Hyde from LIVES explained: “It’s so important to have a responder group in your village or town as this increases survivability of serious incident by up to 45 per cent.”

He added: “Local groups need funding of around £3,000 a year to operate, respond, train and replace equipment.”

l To donate to LIVES or for more information about becoming a first responder call 01507 525999.