A COMMUNITY leader is calling on villagers to come forward and volunteer for Doveridge’s first ever Community First Responder team.
Parish councillor Karen Bown is moving to set up the scheme after seeing its value first-hand during her time with Dove Valley’s first responder group.
And she now wants to bring the life-saving voluntary initiative to Doveridge.
Councillor Bown said: “Because Doveridge is a fairly remote village, it can sometimes take a while for ambulances to get there.
“And, as in most villages, there are a fair amount of elderly and vulnerable residents with ongoing health problems.
“I thought it would be a good idea to have people in the village who can look out for each other and ensure Doveridge is equiped with defribulators.
“First responders save so many lives and I’ve been called out to incidents in the past where people have collapsed or had seizures and could’ve died without urgent attention.”
Councillor Bown recently spoke with her parish council colleagues about her plan, who pledged their support.
She said the new group would be a ‘community effort led by the parish council’.
And as many villagers as possible will need to contribute to a variety of roles on the team.
Councillor Bown said: “You don’t have to train as a first responder to help the project.
“There are other roles on the committee we’re looking to set up, including organisational and fund-raising positions.
“I want as many people as possible to come forward and offer their support in some way.
“The more people we have getting involved, the more likely it is the project can be a success.
“But I’d like to see as many people as possible get full first aid training so they can assist in an emergency - for example, if someone collapses in the street.
“It’s especially important to have first aiders in rural villages that are a little isolated.”
Councillor Bown has asked anyone interested in helping her first responder scheme to call her on 07870 278828.
Alternatively, potential participants can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A meeting will be held to discuss the scheme once enough volunteers have come forward.
Those wanting to take on first responder roles will be trained by members of Ashbourne’s first responder team.