An MP is leading by example after backing an appeal for life-saving volunteers to join Leighton Buzzard Community First Responders.
Andrew Selous, the town’s MP, was so impressed after a visit to Leighton Buzzard Ambulance Station to see the group at work, that he decided to sign up himself!
This week, Mr Selous met with ambulance crews and community first responders (CFR) before going out with an ambulance crew as they responded to 999 calls.
After practising resuscitation with CFR Dominic Thompson and emergency care assistant Diane Conybeare-Jones, Mr Selous was happy to take on CFR training to respond to emergency calls where he lives.
He said: “I have been so impressed by the work of the community first responders that I have decided to join them.
“My first aid knowledge is a little rusty since I was taught as a Territorial soldier but I am looking forward to my training.
“It was great to talk to our local ambulance crews and to see the ambulances now permanently stationed in Leighton Buzzard.”
Senior locality manager, Simon King said: “Andrew’s visit went really well and it was a great opportunity to explain the service and the challenges we face to an MP.
“He discussed issues and exchanged ideas with the staff and volunteers and it great news that he has agreed to be a CFR and to promote this role across the community. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
The station in Leighton Buzzard has recently been refurbished and is home to a full-time rapid response car and ambulance which is supported by a local group of three CFRs.
Volunteers carry equipment such as oxygen and a defibrillator, attending to seriously ill patients within a three mile radius of where they live and work.
To find out more about CFRs visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm or call 0845 601 3733.