Praise for retiring North Pickenham first responder

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A community first responder (CFR) who has helped hundreds of emergency patients during more than a decade of service to the Swaffham area has retired.

Ill-health has forced Pete Davis, from North Pickenham, to step down after 11 years in the role, in which he attended emergency calls on behalf of the East of England Ambulance service.

And officials there have praised his contribution during that time.

Andrew Barlow, the trust’s community partnership manager for Norfolk, said: “Since becoming a CFR in 2004, Pete has attended almost 1,200 calls.

“He has gained a very good reputation with the local crews from the King’s Lynn area and will be missed by us all.”

Originally from Hertfordshire, Mr Davis, 77, worked as a milkman for more than 40 years before retiring to Norfolk in 2003.

During his time as a CFR, he has turned out to emergencies on Christmas Day and represented the service at a host of public events, including the Royal Norfolk Show.

He also helped to establish a first responder group in Swaffham itself, where three responders now work.

Mr Davis said: “I’m proud to have served the community after answering an advert in a newsletter.

“I have met some great friends over the years.”

First responders are normally called by control room staff to life-threatening situations, such as heart attacks, where they can be at the scene within minutes.

Their job is to stabilise the patient before paramedic crews arrive to administer further treatment.

The role is open to anyone who is aged between 18 and 70, has a caring nature, is physically fit and willing to undergo training and a criminal record check.

Anyone interested in becoming a CFR can visit www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders for more information.

Alternatively, contact Mr Barlow on 07717 375272 or email norfolkresponder@eastamb.nhs.uk.