LIVES Medics & First Responders are all volunteers who give up their time to respond to emergencies in your area. When you dial 999 not only will an ambulance be mobilised, but at the same time, the LIVES volunteers on call in your area will also receive notification that you need their help. The limited road networks surrounding the more isolated parts of Lincolnshire mean that many parts of this county often need to wait longer than others for an ambulance to arrive. These extra minutes are vital to a patient. In extreme circumstances this could mean the difference between life and death.
LIVES aims to be by your side within 5- 6 minutes of you making that 999 call.
When the LIVES First Responder reaches you, they are trained and equipped to provide care to the patient whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive. All First Responders provide emergency care to an adult with cardiac arrest, breathing difficulties, chest pains, collapsing and fits. More experienced First Responders undergo further training to allow them to deal with all of the above conditions in children and patients with traumatic injuries.
LIVES Medics have advanced skills for dealing with serious trauma and can be called on by the ambulance service to assist the ambulance crew dealing with a serious 999 call. Statistics show you have a 30% greater chance of surviving a serious incident if you have a Medic at scene.
To become a LIVES First Responder you need no experience as full training will be given if required. You only need to give as much or as little time as you can spare, in any of the voluntary capacities.