WESTBURY First Responders are now fully equipped to provide life-saving first aid to the people of the town.
The first responders, a team of volunteers who provide emergency first aid across Westbury, recently took delivery of their seventh set of emergency equipment.
This means that each of the seven volunteers has their own set of equipment.
Nigel Inseal, leader of Westbury First Responsers said, “It’s great news, it means the team is now fully equipped, I’m over the moon. From an operational point of view it means that we’re no longer swapping sets all the time and we’ve got greater flexibility. It’s making it easier for us to provide care.”
Each set of equipment, which costs just under £2,000, contains a defibrillator, oxygen tanks and masks, bandages, dressings and slings and other equipment such as heavy duty scissors to cut through clothing.
The first responders receive no NHS funding and have paid for the kit thanks to the fundraising efforts of people in the town, as well as grants from the Westbury Area Board and Westbury Town Council.
Nigel added, “What the people of Westbury have done is help themselves by helping us. The benefit will go back directly to them, this equipment will undoubtedly save lives.”
The first responders have also been able to take delivery of a defibrillator training unit, meaning the team can now train on the kit and maintain their skills in between their six-monthly assessments.
Westbury Mayor, cllr Sue Ezra said, “This is really good news for the town. It will mean the equipment is up-to-date and the whole town will benefit.”