Nigel Davies, Muntons Manufacturing and Sustainability Director, has just realised an ambition he has held for a number of years: to become a Community First Responder (CFR). The CFR role is an important part of the provision of Emergency response and is run in conjunction with the East of England Ambulance Service.
CFR’s are dispatched to a variety of calls such as cardiac arrest, heart attack, chest pain, breathing difficulties, stroke, fits, falls and diabetic issues. The aim is to get help as fast as possible to people who have called 999. Having trained people within just a few minutes of where they live ensures they get the fastest possible treatment even before the ambulance arrives.
Nigel Davies said: “I was impressed with the level of service shown by the paramedics who attended to my parents, who have lived in Stowmarket for the past 7 years. It is well reported that the ambulance service is stretched by the demand placed on it and I wanted to play a small part in alleviating that pressure and helping those who live in the locality.” He continued: “It is quite different to my regular job, but very rewarding. It’s a great life skill to have and gives me the confidence to step in when others seem perplexed. I would encourage anyone who enjoys working with people and who wants to learn a higher level of first aid to consider becoming a CFR”.
Muntons is keen to encourage its employees to get involved with the local community in different ways such as being school governors, supporting schools and provides many of its staff with first aid at work training, a skill they can also take out into the community. To encourage one of their company Directors to go the extra mile, and take on this potentially life-saving work, underlines their commitment to the local area and the seriousness with which this is undertaken.