For Service 23 Jul 2012
Steve Tribe and Tony Bone have recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their role as community first responders with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. They have been active for the past six or seven years.
When an ambulance control centre receives a 999 call and the patient has chest pains, breathing difficulties, is in cardiac arrest (unconscious and not breathing) or unconscious, an ambulance response is sent and if a group is active in that area, a first responder will also be dispatched. They may be able to reach the patient before the ambulance arrives because they live or work in a small radius of that area and when the patient’s seriously ill, every second counts. First responders carry oxygen and a defibrillator and are thoroughly trained in the use of that equipment.
The Denghie Hundred is a considerable distance from emergency hospital services and the support of volunteers such as Steve and Tony can save vital minutes. Theirs is a well deserved honour!