St Martin’s First Responder Team Recognised At Awards

A group of ambulance volunteers from St Martin’s were recognised for their work last night in the South West Ambulance Trust Awards in Illminster.

Terry Davis, Cheryl Davis, Ben Gillett and Mandy Williams accepted the award for Best Responders in the four counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Antony Goddard stayed on St. Martin’s to ensure there was still emergency cover.

Local Ambulance Service Manager, Tony Smith, congratulated the team, saying they were very dedicated and the award was well deserved.

He said the close-knit group on St. Martin’s has worked together since they formed July 1998 and were the first official responder team in the country.

They were guinea pigs trying out a new response to emergency care, he said, and were so successful that responders now operate all over country assisting the Ambulance Service as unpaid volunteers.

They aim to ensure that a patient who dials 999 can receive life saving care within the critical first 8 minutes.

Tony says they recently attended a very awkward incident on St. Martins, and went above and beyond the call of duty to save a patient.

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