Electrocution inspires Hunstanton chef to become first responder

Chris Goodwin who has trained at a first responder''Contact 07813 004893 ANL-141215-144721009
Chris Goodwin who has trained at a first responder''Contact 07813 004893 ANL-141215-144721009
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A chef could soon be one of the first people to help at a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies in Hunstanton after training up to become a community first responder.

Chris Goodwin, 27, was inspired to volunteer after suffering an electrocution while fixing a dough rolling machine in March.

Luckily Mr Goodwin walked away with just a few burns but his experience has prompted him to train up to become a first responder.

The ambulance service is now hoping to find more volunteers willing to help its paramedics in the first vital minutes of emergencies such as a cardiac arrest.

First responders are trained by the service and dispatched to emergencies around their home while an ambulance is on the way.

Mr Goodwin, who now works at Heacham Manor, has completed the course and will soon be heading out onto the road.

He said: “I wanted to give something back and to help. It is a way of saying thank you.

“I don’t want to be a hero, I just want to help if there was an accident.”

Mr Goodwin suffered a shock of 240 volts, which went up one arm and to his chest, while fixing the machine.

He said: “The emergency services were there within a flash. An off duty fireman was there and then the ambulance arrived.

“I was quite lucky.”

Mr Goodwin applied for the course in August and undertook 16 hours of training and assessment.

During this course, he learned how to perform first aid, resuscitation, how to administer oxygen, along with using a defibrillator.

Mr Goodwin, who is one of the latest batch of responders to complete the course, is now waiting for an ambulance ride along with his equipment.

There are 68 CFR groups in Norfolk but there are hopes for more to be established.

Andrew Barlow, the ambulance service’s community partnership manager for Norfolk and north Cambridgshire, said: “First responders provide a vital lifesaving service in their communities in the crucial first minutes of a life-threatening emergency.

“These new recruits will help strengthen a number of CFR groups in Norfolk to enable them to enhance the cover they offer to EEAST on a daily basis.”

For more information go to: www.eastamb.nhs.uk/get-involved/community-first-responders.htm