Funding for Woking First Responder

Greenoak have sponsored Chris Rumsey to help complete his training to be a Woking First Responder.

The Woking Community First Responders are an award winning team of volunteers who are trained to respond to medical emergency calls through the 999 system, in conjunction with the Ambulance Service. Based within the community of Woking, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency in a very short time, often within the first few minutes and ahead of the Ambulance. The First Responder can then begin vital life-saving treatment, further increasing the patient’s chance of survival. Since its inception in 2009, the team has attended over 2,500 medical emergencies in Woking, including incidents such as cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes and seizures.

Greenoak previously sponsored a new First Responder back in 2010. Woking Team Leader Simon Ramm said, “The Greenoak Housing Association have been a strong supporter of our team for many years now. Our scheme is run on an entirely voluntary basis and so relies on generous donations like these to function. Back in January this year, a defibrillator that was earlier sponsored by Greenoak was used to successfully resuscitate an elderly male in Woking who suffered a cardiac arrest – the equipment was literally a lifesaver! Greenoak’s sponsorship of Chris will enable our team to increase our coverage in Woking, helping us to assist more residents who are in need”.

Chris Rumsey lives in Goldsworth Park in Woking and has been training for the role since last November. He passed his second round of assessments in April 2016, becoming qualified to attend emergency incidents as a solo First Responder. He was immediately issued with his new equipment and has since provided 55 hours of on-call cover, attending 11 emergency incidents to date.

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