All members of the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust are volunteers.
All members of all 4 activities are local volunteers and are totally supported financially by donations from local businesses, donations by individuals and fundraising events within Knutsford and its surrounds.
The First Responder Team, trained by and working with the North West Ambulance Service, is a group of volunteers whose aim is to preserve life and promote recovery in an emergency situation in which an ambulance is not immediately available. Over a six month period we respond to over 300 calls, arriving at more than half of these before the ambulance.
The Defibrillator Initiative is the provision of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in and around the Knutsford area. To reduce the risk of a life being lost through cardiac arrest, it is essential that defibrillation is applied within minutes of the patient collapsing. We have a number of these AEDs already placed around the area and we hope to continue funding the purchase of more. The use of a defibrillator is included as part of the Heartstart training course and members of the public have used several of our defibrillators in emergency situations in the town. They are clearly identifiable because they are stored in brightly coloured cabinets. To access a locked cabinet, you will need to ring 999 and tell the operator where you are. If the cabinet has a CPAD number, you can give them this. They will give you the code to access the unit.
The Community Heartstart Initiative is a group of volunteers whose aim is to teach Emergency Life Support Skills, free of charge, to as many members of the public as would like to learn. We have now trained thousands of people living in and around Knutsford, from as young as 6 to as old as 92, in life saving skills as well as retraining many more. We do not discriminate in any way. For example, just because a person is physically unable to perform CPR does not stop them from learning the skills necessary to instruct others. Heartstart was initiated by The British Heart Foundation who provided some of the initial equipment needed to start the scheme, however all new stocks and room hire has to be funded by our group through donations and fund raising.
The Cardiac Screening of Young Adults is an initiative launched by the Knutsford Community First Responder Trust in 2016 in association with the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Since its formation in 1995, CRY has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death. Amongst other initiatives CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to young people between the ages of 14 & 34. KCFRT organises and funds (at a cost of £7, 500 per screening day for 100 people), in association with CRY, annual screening days for the Knutsford community, aiming to reduce the risk of cardiac death in young adults in Knutsford.