Uckfield Community First Responders Derek Smith and Helen Fairs ready for a defibrillator training session at the Belmont Centre, Uckfield.

Uckfield Community First Responders run defibrillator training session

A training session was held at the Belmont Centre in Uckfield on Thursday to teach people how to use a newly installed defibrillator.

Those taking part included member of Uckfield Lions Club who donated the defibrillator, users of the church centre and Holy Cross churchwardens.

The two-hour session, organised by the Lions and the centre, was run by Uckfield Community First Responders who first taught cardiopulmonary resusciation (CPR), before adding training on using the CPR in conjuction with the defibrillator.

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Lion David Airey is taught mouth to mouth resuscitation in conjunction with CPR and defibrillator use. With him is instructor Helen Fairs.

All trainees agreed it was hard work applying CPR but they found using the defibrillator easier because they were able to follow the instructions spoken by the machine.

Community First Responders are always looking for new team members to help continue the valuable service they provide in the Uckfield area. Last year, for example, they were sent to more than 500 ambulance 999 calls in and around the town.

Uckfield Lions recently gave the first responders a cheque for £1000 to help them buy more equipment for new volunteers to use.

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Uckfield Singers members are taught resuscitation methods by Uckfield Community First Responder Derek Fairs.

Thanks to the Lions Club for the pictures above.

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