Five Villages First Responders - Misterton

Welcome! We are a team of volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) who live or work within Misterton, Beckingham, Gringley on the Hill, Walkeringham, West Stockwith and surrounding areas in the Bassetlaw District within rural North Nottinghamshire. We work in partnership and in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) NHS Trust. Our team respond to life threatening emergency calls within our area following a "999" call and are dispatched by EMAS when required. We provide assistance to people who are ill or injured prior to the arrival of the emergency ambulance. Our CFR's are trained in life saving heart defibrillation, resuscitation, oxygen therapy and to care for patients with medical conditions or injuries and can give vital care until the arrival of the ambulance crew. Since our launch in 2004 we have attended over 2,200 emergency call outs. We also run a project to install Public Access Defibrillators into the villages in our area and to provide training in CPR & AED use to members of the community, including engagement with local Primary Schools, Parish Councils and other organisations. 

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Community Defibrillators

Community Public Access Defibrillators
We've supported the installation of 18 Community Public Access Defibrillators in our area by July 2017. Find out how it works and where they are.

Learn CPR & AED

Learn CPR & AED
Would you know what to do if someone suffered a cardiac arrest?

We run FREE CPR & Defibrillator awareness sessions to show you these simple but life saving skills. More dates coming soon, see link for more details.                                                             Read more >

Five Villages First Responders News & Events

By Martyn Johnson 16 Mar, 2017
Another potentially life saving defibrillator is now in place at Gringley in the Hill, North Notts, located outside the front door of the Community Centre on West Wells Lane.

The device which can be used to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest victim was kindly purchased by a Gringley resident in memory of a family member.  Along with the generous donation members of the Community Centre Committee and Five Villages First Responders have worked together to put the new Public Access Defibrillator in place. The yellow cabinet was installed by local electrician and Gringley resident David Foreman.

On Wednesday 15th March, 2017, an awareness session was held by members of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) to show members of the community how to recognise a cardiac arrest, how to perform CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and how to access and use a public defibrillator. Martyn Johnson of EMAS and FVFR said:  "It was a great turn out, 27 members of the local community including residents of Gringley and Everton came along to the session. The aim was to give people confidence to quickly act if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. Prompt action can save lifes and increases the chance of survival if help is called quickly, CPR is performed and a defibrillator is used as soon as possible."

The unit outside the Community Centre is the second public access defibrillator in Gringley, the other is located outside of the The Blue Bell Inn on High Street. FVFR have been working with other local villages and groups to install the defibs at other locations including Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, West Stockwith, Clayworth, Everton, Mattersey, Mattersey Thorpe and more.

When a sudden cardiac arrest occurs the patient will collapse, become unresponsive and stop breathing, often due to the heart going into a chaotic rhythm that requires correcting by a defibrillator. In the event that the Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is required the ambulance control centre on receipt of a "999" call will instruct the caller of the location of the nearest PAD and give the access code to open the cabinet. The defibrillators are simple and safe to use, the lid is opened and then the machine has audio and visual prompts of how to use it. Pads are attached to the patients chest and the defibrillator assess the patients heart rhythm and only if a shock is required it will deliver one.

More information about all the Public Access Defibrillators within the local villages can be found on the FVFR website at
By Martyn Johnson 18 Dec, 2016
Sutton-cum-Lound Parish Council have been assisted by Five Villages First Responders and East Midlands Ambulance to secure a potentially life saving Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) for the village.

The defibrillator is located on the outside wall next to the front entrance of the Sutton-cum-Lound Village Hall, 38 Town Street, Sutton-cum-Lound, DN22 8PT.

The life saving AED (Automated External Defibrillator) is located in secure yellow cabinet on the outside of the building. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should they be required in the case of someone nearby suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.

When a sudden cardiac arrests happens, the patient suddenly collapses and stops breathing. Rapid help in the form of calling immediately for an ambulance via 999, starting CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) and the use of an AED can vastly improve the chances of survial for the patient.

The new AED is logged by East Midlands Ambulance Service on their Computer Dispatch system, and if a 999 call happens nearby and one of the defibrillators is required, the 999 ambulance operator will give instructions to the caller - telling them that there is an AED nearby and the code to open the cabinet to access it. If someone is then able to fetch the AED to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival.

Once the AED is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the pads on the patients chest. The machine will check to see if the patients heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the AED will deliver one. The AEDs are simple and safe to use. While of this is happening the ambulance service will still be sending emergency resources straight to the scene following the 999 call. But if CPR can be carried out and an AED can be used within the first 2 or 3 minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.

An awareness session for local residents will be running shortly and will be advertised in the village and will be free for all to attend.
By Martyn Johnson 10 Nov, 2016
Fifteen members of the public, including members of Misterton's Swimming Club, took part in a life saving skills session held at Grove House Farm, Misterton, on Thursday 10th November 2016.

The session was led by Paramedic Martyn Johnson, who is the coordinator of the Five Villages First Responder team, and Community First Responder Mary Riches.

Those who attended learned how to identify when someone has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, how to perform CPR (chest compressions and rescue breathing) and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

Martyn said: "These skills are vital and can be life saving in the event that someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, where they collapse and stop breathing. If CPR is started straight away and an AED is used, the patient's chances of survival are vastly increased. Thank you to all those who attended and took part in the session. More will be held over the coming months and will be advertised locally."

There are now Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in many of the local villages, which can be used by anyone in the event of a cardiac arrest. Click here for more information about the CPADs.
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