Please note that the recipient of your donation will appear as PJS4 Limited - the publisher of About Crail.  All donations received will be immediately passed on in full to East Neuk Responders.

East Neuk First Responders is an independent, self funding local charity serving the East Neuk of Fife. Their volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Volunteers can arrive at an emergency scene in a matter of minutes, as they live in the East Neuk and provide vital early life saving treatment until the ambulance arrives

Each Responder volunteer member takes it in turn to be 'on call". They carry basic first aid equipment, oxygen and an automated external defibrillator (AED). All of which has been funded by charitable donations. They are dispatched through the 999 system by an ambulance service controller, to Category A (immediately life-threatening) medical calls; at the same time as an ambulance and crew.  Crucially they arrive much quicker and fill the gap until the ambulance arrives with often lifesaving treatment. A number of East Neuk residents would not be here today had it not been for the quick attendance of these volunteers.

Whilst trained and dispatched by the ambulance service, the group is managed locally and are entirely independent, their success largely due to the great support they receive from the people of the East Neuk. In addition to the work they do in partnership with the ambulance service they also provide Health Awareness, First Aid Training and Event cover in the community and schools, they have also had significant success over the past 4 years with a project to install Public Access Defibrillators(PADs) in  the villages of the East Neuk.

There is now a large body of evidence which shows early treatment, in particular for cardiac arrest, greatly increases the chance of survival with up to 10% of that chance lost with every minute defibrillation is delayed.  The quickest ambulance response time to the East Neuk is around 15-20 minutes making First Responders, PADs and bystander involvement vital to have a good chance of survival.

If you would like to support the life-saving work being carried out by these dedicated volunteers please consider making a donation.

More about the East Neuk Responders can be found at their website.


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