Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS), who provide expert medical help at life-threatening medical emergencies to support the East of England Ambulance Service Trust, is ready to save lives this winter after a donation from Potters Friends Foundation enabled the charity to get a “winter friendly” 4x4 first responder vehicle.
The first responder car will help the team of volunteer community first responders to continue to save hundreds of lives every year, going out day and night and anywhere the ambulance control room needs. The white Vauxhall 4x4 model has been specifically chosen by NARS to be resilient enough to manage colder temperatures and icy conditions in the winter months.
Community first responder volunteers are trained by the East of England Ambulance Service to attend certain types of emergency calls, and their aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives to help stabilise the patient and provide care. They provide specialised trauma care at the scene of serious road traffic collisions and or serious medical calls such as cardiac arrests.
NARS First Responders operational lead, Steve Maddams, said: “A massive thank you to Potters Friends Foundation for donating the money we needed for this winter friendly car, which means that even when the weather makes more remote areas of Norfolk harder to reach in an emergency, we will be able to continue our life saving work 365 days a year.”
John Potter recently became Patron of NARS to help champion and raise awareness of the valuable work they do in saving lives across the county. John said: "NARS is a charity which saves lives and the NARS volunteers are inspiring examples of modern day heroes coming to our rescue every day. We are so pleased to be able to help them to continue their incredible work through the purchase of this car."
As always, a massive thank you to everyone who contributes to the Potters Friends Foundation.
For more information on NARS visit https://www.nars.org.uk/