After witnessing a medical emergency on holiday, Northampton local resident Toni Titus has gone the extra mile for her community, becoming a volunteer first responder for South Northants community responders (SNCR), with help and support from her full-time employer, Keyline Civils Specialist.
The Community First Responder Scheme supports the busy East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) NHS Trust in delivering life-saving treatment before their arrival, helping people in the local community when they need them most. The organisation operates as a charity, under the governance of EMAS, and comprises a highly trained group of local volunteers, who donate their time to provide this vital service.
A quick first response can make all the difference in an emergency situation, which Toni became all too aware of while on her holidays last year.
“I remember the moment vividly,” says Toni. “I was in Jamaica, by the pool, when a man collapsed near to me and started fitting. No one knew what to do and people were panicking – it was an awful situation. He didn’t end up getting any medical help for 30 minutes, which I’ve subsequently learnt can be the difference between life and death.
“I knew from that moment that I wanted to learn how to help people if I was ever in that situation again. And with that knowledge, perhaps I could actively help people in my local community.”