Registered Charity No. 1103206
Patrons: Dr Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal and Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney.
Who are Rural Community Responders?
Rural Community Responders are a group of volunteers trained in Basic Life Support who are called by the East of England Ambulance NHS Trust to attend 999 calls in the Suffolk coastal area.
This is a particularly rural area with a limited road network which impedes ambulance response times. The Suffolk coast also has an increased population during the summer months due to its popularity as a tourist destination.
The East of England Ambulance NHS Trust aim to reach 75% of 999 calls within eight minutes however historically this has been difficult to achieve in this area due to its rural nature. Responders living and working in the Suffolk coastal area are available to attend 999 calls within minutes and arrive on scene before the ambulance.
Rural Community Responders provide life-saving treatment, such as CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and the use of a defibrillator to restart a persons heart after suffering a cardiac arrest. There are many people alive today who would not be here without the work of the responders!