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 2,260 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 17 Community Public Access Defibrillators in our area by January 2018. Find out how it works and where they are.

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Learn CPR & AED
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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 02 Nov, 2017

£1000 from the proceeds of the Misterton 2017 Gala has been presented to four local organisations and good. The four each received a cheque for £250: Misterton Group Practice’s equipment fund, towards the cost of a new ECG machine; Five Villages First Responders (FVFR); Misterton Primary School’s welfare fund; and All Saints’ Parish Church, which provided the treasury service for the Gala organisers.

 A new committee will take over the planning and running of the next Gala, which is on Saturday 7 July 2018.

By Martyn Johnson 07 Aug, 2017

Another potentially life saving defibrillator is now in place in West Stockwith, located outside the front door of the Waterfront Inn on Canal Lane in the village.

The Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), which can be used to shock the heart of a cardiac arrest victim, was funded by donations and grants from North Notts Lions Club, West Stockwith Parish Council, Five Villages First Responders and Cllr Hazel Brand.

The local voluntary Five Villages First Responders (FVFR) team have been involved in installing seventeen such defibrillators within the local area over the 3 years, including one’s in Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill, Everton, Clayworth and other local villages.

Martyn Johnson, Coordinator of FVFR said: “The defibrillators are located in secure yellow cabinets on the outside of the buildings. They are 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 cardiac arrests happens, the patient will suddenly collapse, will be unresponsive and either not be breathing at all, or only occasionally gasping. 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 automated defibrillator can vastly improve the chances of survival for the patient.”

All the defibrillators in the area are 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 a defib nearby and the code to open the cabinet. “If someone is then able to fetch it to the patients side, while another person performs CPR this will help improve the chance of survival”, said Martyn.

Once the defib is by the patients side the lid is opened and the user simply follows the audio and visual instructions to place the adhesive pads on the patients chest. The ambulance operator will also give instructions over the phone. The defibrillator will check to see if the patient’s heart is in a rhythm that requires a shock, and if it is the defibrillator will deliver one. They are simple and safe to use. While all 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 a defib can be used within the first minutes after a cardiac arrests occurs the chances of the patient being successfully resuscitated are much greater.

Martyn said: “We’d like to pass on our thanks to all the organisations who have come together to fund this defibrillator and to Karen and Stewart from the Waterfront Inn for all their help and assistance and for agreeing to host this potentially life saving piece of equipment for the community outside of their venue.”

The unit at Waterfront Inn is the second one to be placed in West Stockwith, with the other being located outside on the wall of the Gertrude Morris Village Hall on Main Street.

Further free to attend awareness sessions which include how to perform CPR and how to use a defibrillator run by FVFR will be held in Misterton and West Stockwith in the coming months, and these will be publicised locally.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Community Defibrillators or about FVFR, please visit the website , Facebook or email .
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
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