A community first aid lifeline

 CFR Julia Reid
When Julia Thompson collapsed at her remote cottage home, her partner made two emergency phone calls: one to the ambulance service and one to local guest house owner Julia Reid.

Julia Reid is a Community First Responder and within two minutes of the call she was with the patient. She carried out vital checks and emergency treatment, and provided reassurance until paramedics could reach the village.
Thompson knew nothing about what had happened until she regained full consciousness two days later in hospital. But she was so grateful to Julia and the local Community First Responder unit that she donated £100 towards new equipment.
'I just don't know what might have happened if she hadn't been there. 'You don't know how much you need this kind of service until you’re in trouble. It's so important, especially in rural areas,' she said.
In the Hope Valley area, St John Ambulance works in partnership with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to operate the CFR scheme – training teams of volunteers like Julia Reid, who can be on an emergency scene quickly.
Julia knows only too well how important the service is: she became a Responder after receiving help when her father collapsed:

'It was so reassuring to have someone there within a couple of minutes,' she said. 

Julia is now a regular member of the Hope Valley CFR unit – and renowned throughout her home village as 'the Edale Responder.' Over the last couple of years she has been called out more than a dozen times, to help everyone from neighbours and villagers to visiting campers and farmers in the fields.
To find out more about becoming a Community First Responder, telephone St John Ambulance Derbyshire’s county headquarters on 0845 130 4999.