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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 www.fvfr.co.uk , Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fivevillagesfirstresponders or email contact@fvfr.co.uk .
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 www.fvfr.co.uk
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.
By Martyn Johnson 06 Aug, 2016
A grant from the British Heart Foundation, as well as fund raising from local residents and support from the Parish Council and Five Villages First Responders means there are now Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place at Mattersey and Mattersey Thorpe.

Several members of the local Five Villages First Responders team have given assistance to the Parish Council and provided a free "Defibrillator and CPR" awareness session to local residents at the Mattersey Church Hall earlier in the year, which was very well attended. The team will also assist with on-going support and by carrying out regular checks on the new units. Thanks also go to Proviso-Systems Ltd and A1 Housing for their assistance in hosting the units on their buildings.

The defibrillators are located on the outside wall of Proviso-Systems Ltd, Everton  Road, Mattersey, DN10 5DS and on the outside wall of the Community House, 3 Cunningham Close, Mattersey Thorpe, DN10 5EN.

The life saving AEDs (Automated External 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 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 AEDs 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 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.
By Martyn Johnson 22 May, 2016
Thanks to the hard work of the Parish Councils and residents, the villages of Sturton le Steeple and North & South Wheatley now have Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place. Colin Gibson, the chair of Five Villages First Responders, has assisted the Parish Councils with advice and information to help them with their project to install the defibrillators.

The CPADs are located at Sturton Hall and Conference Centre, Brickings Way, Sturton Le Steeple and North & South Wheatley Village Hall, Sturton Road, South Wheatley

The life saving defibrillators, or AEDs (Automated External 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 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 AEDs 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 an AED nearby and the code to open the cabinet. 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.

Awareness sessions are being held in the villages to show members of the community how the system works and to give them chance to practice CPR and using an AED.
By Martyn Johnson 22 May, 2016
Five Villages First Responders have thanked the North Notts Lions Club after they raised £500 for them at a Race Night in March.

The Lions Club ran the event at Misterton Sports and Social Club on 5th March to raise funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Five Villages First Responders. A great night was had by all who attended and £1,000 was raised, which split between the two organisations.

Five Villages First Responders said: "We would like to give a massive thank you to all the members of North Notts Lions Club and also to all those who attended and supported the Race Night. The Lions put in a huge amount of hard work raising funds for local, national and international charities and organisations. We really appreciate their on-going support and the money that they have raised for our team."
By Martyn Johnson 10 Apr, 2016
Residents from Gringley on the Hill have taken part in a course to teach them life saving skills such as CPR. The course was part of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) HeartStart scheme which is run locally through a partnership between Five Villages First Responders and Misterton Fire Station.

Twenty three members of the local community attended the training on Wednesday 6th and Thurday 7th April at the Gringley on the Hill Community Centre.

The HeartStart training gives those who attend a chance to learn and practice skills including how to perform CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to deal with someone suffering a heart attack or a severe bleed.

These skills can save lifes in the first vital seconds and minutes after someone suffers a medical emergency. Community First Responders from the Five Villages First Responders team and Firefighters from Misterton Fire Station run these courses on a regular basis, free of charge and anyone is welcome to attend. See here for more information about HeartStart Misterton.
By Martyn Johnson 24 Jan, 2016
Two kind hearted local residents have yet again raised money for the local Five Villages First Responder team by lighting up their home with hundreds of festive lights over the Christmas period.

Sid and Sylvia Burgess of Grove Park, Misterton, decorate the outside of their home and front garden every year with a host of Christmas lights and decorations and collect donations for a nominated local charity or group.

Again this year they choose to donate the proceeds to the voluntary Five Villages First Responder group based in Misterton.

The responder group covers Misterton, West Stockwith, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill and surrounding villages and works in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service. They can give care to patients suffering from medical emergency following a 999 call until the arrival of the ambulance.

The group is self funding and relies on fund raising and donations to pay for some of the equipment and running costs of this rural scheme. Coordinator Martyn Johnson said: “We are hugely grateful to Sid and Sylvia for their hard work and for choosing the proceeds of their festive fund raising to be donated to us again this year. The grand total was an amazing amount of £351.50, and we are very grateful to them both for their ongoing support and to all those who visited the lights and donated.”

Sid was recognised recently by Misterton Parish Council for his charity work and was presented with the “Citizen of the Year” award.
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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 www.fvfr.co.uk , Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fivevillagesfirstresponders or email contact@fvfr.co.uk .
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 www.fvfr.co.uk
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.
By Martyn Johnson 06 Aug, 2016
A grant from the British Heart Foundation, as well as fund raising from local residents and support from the Parish Council and Five Villages First Responders means there are now Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place at Mattersey and Mattersey Thorpe.

Several members of the local Five Villages First Responders team have given assistance to the Parish Council and provided a free "Defibrillator and CPR" awareness session to local residents at the Mattersey Church Hall earlier in the year, which was very well attended. The team will also assist with on-going support and by carrying out regular checks on the new units. Thanks also go to Proviso-Systems Ltd and A1 Housing for their assistance in hosting the units on their buildings.

The defibrillators are located on the outside wall of Proviso-Systems Ltd, Everton  Road, Mattersey, DN10 5DS and on the outside wall of the Community House, 3 Cunningham Close, Mattersey Thorpe, DN10 5EN.

The life saving AEDs (Automated External 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 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 AEDs 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 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.
By Martyn Johnson 22 May, 2016
Thanks to the hard work of the Parish Councils and residents, the villages of Sturton le Steeple and North & South Wheatley now have Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) in place. Colin Gibson, the chair of Five Villages First Responders, has assisted the Parish Councils with advice and information to help them with their project to install the defibrillators.

The CPADs are located at Sturton Hall and Conference Centre, Brickings Way, Sturton Le Steeple and North & South Wheatley Village Hall, Sturton Road, South Wheatley

The life saving defibrillators, or AEDs (Automated External 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 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 AEDs 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 an AED nearby and the code to open the cabinet. 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.

Awareness sessions are being held in the villages to show members of the community how the system works and to give them chance to practice CPR and using an AED.
By Martyn Johnson 22 May, 2016
Five Villages First Responders have thanked the North Notts Lions Club after they raised £500 for them at a Race Night in March.

The Lions Club ran the event at Misterton Sports and Social Club on 5th March to raise funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Five Villages First Responders. A great night was had by all who attended and £1,000 was raised, which split between the two organisations.

Five Villages First Responders said: "We would like to give a massive thank you to all the members of North Notts Lions Club and also to all those who attended and supported the Race Night. The Lions put in a huge amount of hard work raising funds for local, national and international charities and organisations. We really appreciate their on-going support and the money that they have raised for our team."
By Martyn Johnson 10 Apr, 2016
Residents from Gringley on the Hill have taken part in a course to teach them life saving skills such as CPR. The course was part of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) HeartStart scheme which is run locally through a partnership between Five Villages First Responders and Misterton Fire Station.

Twenty three members of the local community attended the training on Wednesday 6th and Thurday 7th April at the Gringley on the Hill Community Centre.

The HeartStart training gives those who attend a chance to learn and practice skills including how to perform CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to deal with someone suffering a heart attack or a severe bleed.

These skills can save lifes in the first vital seconds and minutes after someone suffers a medical emergency. Community First Responders from the Five Villages First Responders team and Firefighters from Misterton Fire Station run these courses on a regular basis, free of charge and anyone is welcome to attend. See here for more information about HeartStart Misterton.
By Martyn Johnson 24 Jan, 2016
Two kind hearted local residents have yet again raised money for the local Five Villages First Responder team by lighting up their home with hundreds of festive lights over the Christmas period.

Sid and Sylvia Burgess of Grove Park, Misterton, decorate the outside of their home and front garden every year with a host of Christmas lights and decorations and collect donations for a nominated local charity or group.

Again this year they choose to donate the proceeds to the voluntary Five Villages First Responder group based in Misterton.

The responder group covers Misterton, West Stockwith, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill and surrounding villages and works in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service. They can give care to patients suffering from medical emergency following a 999 call until the arrival of the ambulance.

The group is self funding and relies on fund raising and donations to pay for some of the equipment and running costs of this rural scheme. Coordinator Martyn Johnson said: “We are hugely grateful to Sid and Sylvia for their hard work and for choosing the proceeds of their festive fund raising to be donated to us again this year. The grand total was an amazing amount of £351.50, and we are very grateful to them both for their ongoing support and to all those who visited the lights and donated.”

Sid was recognised recently by Misterton Parish Council for his charity work and was presented with the “Citizen of the Year” award.
By Martyn Johnson 11 Oct, 2015
Big thanks to Misterton Gala for their donation from funds raised at the 2015 Gala. Pictured is Colin from Five Villages First Responders, along with representatives from other local good causes receiving their cheques from members of the Gala Committee. Big thanks for your continued support.
By Martyn Johnson 18 Sep, 2015
A very kind donation was given to Five Villages First Responders by the Red Hart Inn, Misterton, who held a "Heroes Day" on Saturday 8th August in memory of the late Cpl Andrew Kent Whitton of Misterton. The day involved live music, pool and darts knockouts and lots more. Huge thanks go to Trevor, Julie and Trevor (Red Hart), pictured with Martyn Johnson (Five Villages First Responders). Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Help For Heroes charities also received kind donations from the proceeds made at the event.
By Martyn Johnson 01 Feb, 2015

West Stockwith’s first community defibrillator, outside the Village Hall, has been unveiled with a training session for local people. Pictured at the launch of the life-saving initiative in West Stockwith are representatives of the organisations that helped to fund it (from left) Peter Ray (West Stockwith Parish Council), June Ray (West Stockwith Players), Michael Bird (Village Hall Committee), Colin Gibson (Five Villages First Responders) and Martyn Johnson (Paramedic, East Midlands Ambulance Service & Five Villages First Responders), Hazel Brand (Bassetlaw District Council), and Jonathan Richardson (Village Hall Committee). A number of local residents have made donations in the recent past which have also been used towards funding of the defibrilator and the secure cabinet – thanks were given to everyone who contributed.

The defibrillator will be available 24 hours a day in the secure cabinet outside the Gertrude Morris Village Hall, on Main Street, West Stockwith. If the life saving piece of equipment is needed, the 999 ambulance operator will instruct any callers of where the device is located, the code to access the cabinet and will talk them through how to use it. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is easy to use, safe and gives verbal prompts to the user to guide them through what to do in an emergency situation when a patient is in cardiac arrest.

Seventeen people were trained to use the defibrillator after the official launch. That’s over 100 people in the local villages trained in the last eight months.

By Martyn Johnson 10 Sep, 2014

The North Notts Lions have funded the installation of a life saving defibrillator which has now been installed at the Swimming Pool on the Misterton Primary School site on Grovewood Road.

The local voluntary Five Villages First Responder (FVFR) group started a project earlier in the year with the aim to provide community public access defibrillators (CPADs) within Misterton and other local villages. The North Notts Lions stepped forward and agreed to fund the cost of the defibrillator and cabinet which has been placed on the exterior wall of the Swimming Pool building next to the Misterton Primary School.

A further public defibrillator has recently been installed on the exterior wall of the Misterton Centre on High Street next to the Coop. This unit has been funded by public donations and support from Misterton Coop through their "Community Champions" scheme. Another one has been in place at the Haxey Gate Inn and golf course on Haxey Road, Misterton, for the last three years.

The simple to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can be potentially life saving when someone suffers a cardiac arrest, which is when the patient's heart stops beating correctly and they stop breathing. In such a situation every second counts. For every minute that goes by the chance of survival reduces by as much as 10 to 14%. But with fast and effective CPR and defibrillation the chances of survival increase hugely.

The FVFR team work in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service and have already trained over 60 people in how to perform CPR and how to use an AED. This includes staff from the school and swimming teachers, along with staff from Misterton Coop, the Sure Start Centre, the Misterton Centre, Wayne Howe's butchers and the Haxey Gate Inn.

Jane Cappleman-Jackson, Head Teacher at Misterton Primary School said: "We would like to thank North Notts Lions for very kindly funding this defibrillator and to FVFR for their support and training. The swimming pool is used by school pupils from many local villages, as well as being open for public and private sessions to people young and old. Having an AED on site and people who have been trained in how to use it could be potentially life saving in the event of a cardiac arrest occurring."

AEDs are safe and easy to use, compact, portable and very effective. They are designed to be used by lay persons; the units guide the operator through the process by verbal instructions and visual prompts. They are safe and will not allow a shock to be given unless the heart's rhythm requires it.

Paramedic and Group Coordinator of FVFR, Martyn Johnson said: "You will now see AEDs in many public places such as shopping centres, leisure centres, airports and train stations and now also more and more in towns, villages and communities across the country. Our project has seen AEDs placed in the rural villages of Misterton, Beckingham and Gringley on the Hill already. With units soon to be installed in Walkeringham and West Stockwith too. Fund raising has also been taken place in Everton for an AED in the village too. We would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who have supported the project so far, including those who have provided donations and funding."

The AEDs at Misterton Primary School and the Misterton Centre are in external cabinets allowing for them to be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The details of the AED are stored on the ambulance control room dispatch system and if a 999 call is made nearby reporting a cardiac arrest or possible cardiac arrest, the caller is advised where the AED is located, is given the access code and advised to send someone to collect the AED.

Anyone can use an AED if a cardiac arrest occurs, prior training is not required as instructions are given by the ambulance 999 operator to the caller on how to use the AED, as well as there being visual and audible instructions given from the unit itself as soon as the lid is opened up. This all happens while the nearest ambulance resources are on route, but because the AED is nearby, the chances of survival are much greater.

By Martyn Johnson 31 Jul, 2014
The Five Villages First Responder team have received an award from Misterton Parish Council in recognition of the work they do within the local community.

The Community Responders have been presented with the Citizen of the Year award for the help they have given to people in Misterton and surrounding communities over the past 10 years. The award was presented to them by Pauline Tagg, the Chairman of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), at the recent Misterton Annual Parish Meeting.

Group Coordinator, Martyn Johnson, said: "It was a big surprise for the team to win this award; we did not even know that a nomination had been made. So thank you to those who did nominate and vote for Five Villages First Responders for this fantastic award. The team of Community Responders put in hundreds of hours of their time each year on a voluntary basis to be on call, and to attend training and events, therefore it is very nice for Misterton Parish Council to recognise this and present the team as Citizens of the Year. Thank you very much, from all of the team."

The responders work in partnership with EMAS and are dispatched by them to certain 999 calls within the local area, where the on duty Community First Responder can arrive and give care until the arrival of the ambulance. They have attended over 1,800 call outs in total since 2004.

Speaking after the awards Mary Spier, EMAS North Division Community Response Manager said: "I am so proud of the Misterton Community Responders for winning this award and it is well deserved. The group are completely committed to delivering care to their community and the surrounding area and have done so for the last 10 years."

By Martyn Johnson 30 Apr, 2014
The "Five Villages First Responder" team who are based in Misterton celebrated their 10th Birthday on Saturday (29th March, 2014)
and saw a huge turn out from the local community to an event held to mark the occasion.

The celebration event was held to thank local individuals, organisations and businesses for their support over the last ten years, and offered complimentary cake and refreshments to all who attended.

"We have received massive support since the team launched in 2004 and the event was our way of saying thank you back to all those involved. The public turned out on mass to the event on Saturday and it was a real success" said Martyn Johnson, who is the coordinator of the First Responder unit. "People who have organised fund raising events in the past came along. Several patients that we have been called out to over the years also attended; seeing them and hearing their stories and words of praise for the care given to them by the team was very satisfying for everyone involved. Praise and a very big thanks also goes to all the dedicated volunteers who have given up hundreds of hours each year as part of their role as Community Responders."

The group also showed life saving techniques to the public including how to perform hands only CPR, as well as displays of Community First
Responder (CFR) equipment and information. A special cake in the shape of an automated defibrillator was cut as part of the celebration.

The CFR team work alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) in the local villages and since they launched have attended over 1,675
call outs. Because of their location within the local community they are called to potentially life threatening emergencies and can give care to
patients until the arrival of the ambulance.

Mick Barnett-Connolly (Head of EMAS Community Response) said: "The Five Villages First Responder team does a remarkable job. They give up their time to be on call to help save more lives in the community. We at EMAS would like to say congratulations on a fantastic achievement for the scheme and the people it has served in the local communities during the last ten years."

The team covers the villages of Misterton, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill, West Stockwith and surrounding areas.
A further CFR unit which is part of the same group has just launched to cover Mattersey, Clayworth and Everton, with more potential volunteers
required in all of these villages.

By Martyn Johnson 20 Feb, 2014

Would you like to be part of a team who helps local people when they suffer a life threatening medical problem? The local Five Villages First Responder team based in Misterton are now looking for additional volunteers who live or work in Clayworth, Everton, Mattersey or surrounding villages to extend the service provided. The group are looking for new recruits to join the team as Community First Responders (CFR) to introduce a new team specifically for these villages.

CFRs work in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service and attend life threatening emergency calls such as collapses, cardiac arrests, chest pains, breathing problems and other similar call outs.

They receive full training in the use of oxygen therapy, resuscitation and heart defibrillation. The role is voluntary and each CFR can be "on call" from home or work within the local area. Because they are nearby they are despatched when required by the Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre following a 999 call, with the CFR being able to attend the scene of the emergency and begin care of the patient until the arrival of the emergency ambulance.

The team works on rota basis and responders can volunteer as little or as much time to being on call each week or month, as they wish. While a responder is on call they can continue with their normal day to day activities at home or at work, but must be ready to drop everything and attend a call should one arise while they are on duty.

The team currently has volunteer First Responders in Misterton, Walkeringham, Beckingham, West Stockwith and Gringley on the Hill, but are now looking for people who live or work within Clayworth, Everton, Mattersey or surrounding villages, and can give some time to train as a CFR and be on call. To find out more information please contact the CFR team.

Two Mattersey residents have already come forward and are due to commence their training shortly and will be available to be on call from the middle of March, but more people are needed.

Community First Responders come from all different walks of life and volunteer for many different reasons. Potential CFR's need to have a caring attitude, be aged over 18 years, with a full clean driving licence and access to a car and live within one of the villages mentioned. Full enhanced criminal records bureau checks are carried out on all CFR's prior to commencing training. Initial and on-going training and assessment is provided by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

In return First Responder volunteers get a great deal of satisfaction from the work they do. Being a CFR can be very rewarding and you can find yourself actually helping your friends, family, neighbours and other members of the local community in their hour of need. The current team have attended over 1,600 emergency calls in the local area since they were first set up in 2004.

For more information about becoming a CFR please click here or to contact the team click here .

By Martyn Johnson 21 Jan, 2014

Two kind hearted local residents have raised over £170 for the volunteer Five Villages First Responder team by lighting up their home with hundreds of festive lights over the Christmas period.

Sid and Sylvia Burgess of Grove Park, Misterton, decorate the outside of their home and front garden every year with a host of Christmas lights and decorations and collect donations for a nominated local charity or group.

This year they choose to donate the proceeds to the Five Villages First Responder team based in Misterton.

The responder group covers Misterton, West Stockwith, Beckingham, Walkeringham, Gringley on the Hill and surrounding villages. The team works in partnership with East Midlands Ambulance Service and they can give care to patients suffering from medical emergencies until the arrival of the ambulance.

The group is self funding and relies on fund raising and donations to pay for some of the equipment and running costs of this rural scheme. They said: "We are extremely grateful to Sid and Sylvia, along with their two helpers, for their hard work and for choosing the proceeds of their festive fund raising to be donated to us."

By Martyn Johnson 18 Oct, 2013

Misterton based Five Villages First Responder group have this week received a donation of £686.64 from the Lincolnshire Co-op as part of their 'Community Champion' scheme.

'Community Champions' is Lincolnshire Co-op's way of sharing profits with the community. Every time a member shopped at Misterton Co-op between June and September, a donation from the company went to the voluntary First Responder team.

Nominated Champions change every 3 months so hundreds of charities throughout the area can benefit.

The Community First Responders (CFR) give their time to be on call and are dispatched by the ambulance service following a 999 call involving a medical emergency in the local area. Because the CFR is nearby in the community, they can proceed straight to the scene and begin to give care to the patient until the arrival of the ambulance. The scheme is run on a voluntary basis and funded by local donations and fund raising events. Therefore the support of the Co-op will help to boost the funds of this vital local organisation, helping to ensure it is able to continue it's good work and purchase vital equipment.

CFR team members said they were "really delighted with the fantastic donation and would like to thank the Co-op for choosing them as 'Community Champions', with a special thanks to all the staff at the Misterton Store for their support."

By Martyn Johnson 13 Oct, 2013
Village organisations, including Five Villages First Responders, have benefitted from the proceeds of the annual Misterton Gala.

A total of £950 was distributed to local good causes.

Pictured receiving their donations are Libby Stennett (Five Villages First Responders) and Steve Lee (Misterton Junior Football Club) with members of the gala organising team, Pat Loveless (left) and Nikki Jaggard-Smith. Other donations went to Misterton Bowls Club and All Saints’ Church, which underwrites the event.
By Martyn Johnson 03 Oct, 2013
There was a bumper crop of entries for Misterton’s annual Horticultural, Arts & Crafts Show held at the end of September at Misterton Sports Social Club.

The award by Bassetlaw District Council for the Best-kept Allotment went to Peter Ray of West Stockwith.

Cheques totalling £400 from the proceeds of last year’s show were presented by Show Secretary, Brian Johnson, to (from left) Mary Riches and Libby Stennett (Five Villages First Responders) and Vera Millns (Bassetlaw Learning Disability Association).
By Martyn Johnson 20 Sep, 2013

Two teenagers, who held a series of fundraising events during August, to raise money for Five Villages First Responders and the Air Ambulance, presented cheques to the ‘good causes’ this month.

Misterton girls, Jade Anderton and Abygayle Wood together took part in the Humberside Police Lifestyle project and together named their team, 'Make A Difference' (MAD).

They took part in a sponsored swim, attended Misterton Primary School Leavers’ BBQ, held a bake sale, organised a fun day, and had a stall at Epworth Show – and raised a fantastic grand total of £602.50p, including a ‘pump-priming’ donation of £200 from North Notts Lions. So Five Villages First Responders and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance received cheques for £301.25p each.

The Lifestyle project is designed to increase the amount of positive contact between Humberside Police and the young people of our area. Encouraged by police prompting, young people become involved in community projects during the long summer holidays.

A very big thank you to Jade and Abygayle, as well as Jade's Mum Hayley, for all their hard work and dedication. Thanks also to all those who supported the events and helped raise funds.

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