Friends of St Breward First Responders

After a delicious meal at Veronica & Bill Hill’s house, The Friends of St Breward First Responders  donated a cheque for £501.63 to Charlotte Hicks, Paramedic and Community First Responders’ Liaison Officer to SW Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. The money will be used to train Community First Responders for North Cornwall, including St Breward, so the funds will still be of benefit to our community.

In the photo are Norma Harbinson, Charlotte Hicks, Jane Hanscomb & Veronica Hill – Mike Jones was unable to attend. The Friends have now disbanded but anyone interested in becoming a First Responder can:

  • register on the website and ask to be notified of SWAST jobs  or
  • call the Responder Department at Exeter Ambulance Control on 01392 261646  or
  • contact Charlotte Hicks on 07775 812767  


Saving Lives: update on the event

kneeling silhouette red heartsThanks to the people of St Breward, and especially Darren Wills and the Old Inn, the village has been able to purchase a community defibrillator which, since this training event, is now operative.

On Saturday 26th June, 28 people watched and listened to Norman Trebilcock from FLEET who showed us how to carry out CPR using a manikin: Norman is a wonderful speaker with a great sense of humour and helped us to understand the importance of starting CPR as soon as possible after the patient’s heart has stopped beating ie a cardiac arrest.


Teresa Moger, representing the Old Inn, is seen here with Norman Trebilcock from FLEET and Justin Bidder, a St Breward First Responder,  (all kneeling around a manikin, not a body!). Norman is holding a defibrillator.

Norman then persuaded members of the audience to practice these skills on the manikin: seen here is Jan Chivers being guided by Norman in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

defib training 2It was then explained to us that, while one person carries out CPR, another should dial 999 for an ambulance: ambulance control would then unlock the defibrillator cabinet (outside St Breward Stores) to allow the defib to be taken to the patient and would stay on the phone to assist with the defibrillation.

defib training 3Helen MacMillan, another St Breward First Responder, helps Paddy McShee to place the pads of the defibrillator correctly on the manikin’s chest.

By giving CPR within 3 minutes of a cardiac arrest and then defibrillation if required  (the equipment will tell you if a shock is needed) a life can be saved which might otherwise be lost.

A delicious selection of different soups, together with bread rolls, cakes, biscuits, tea & coffee were provided. The Friends of St Breward First Responders wish to thank those who donated £44.41 which will go towards funds.

Saving Lives, Saturday 11am – 2pm at the Chapel


Friends of St Breward First Responders

community defibrillator

Come along to St Breward Chapel on Saturday to learn how to use our Community Defibrillator with Norman Trebilcock of FLEET: you never know when you might need to use it!

                  kneeling silhouette red hearts                 Find out more about our Community First Responders – what they do, how to join them.

Free light lunch,  tea/coffee: donations welcome



Friends of First Responders

St Breward nowFirst Responders has a Friends of First Responders Group: our aims are to support our First Responders Group by

  • fundraising to purchase additional equipment
  • keeping residents aware of what Responders do and how the system operates
  • informing St Breward when SWASFT (South West Ambulance Foundation Trust Service) is advertising a Responder recruitment drive

We’d like to invite anyone interested in becoming a Friend to please contact Jane Hanscomb on 01208 850806 or email

South West Ambulance are currently recruiting Community First Responders for this area: to view the advert and to find out how to apply, please click here. The closing date for applications is 8th April. If you’d like to talk to someone first, please phone Charlotte Hicks, our local SWASFT liaison person, on 07775 812767.

Community First Responders: volunteers needed

First RespondersAre you interested in becoming a Community First Responder for St Breward? You would be trained to deal with medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, chest pains, stroke, breathing difficulties etc to provide patient care and basic life support until the arrival of a paramedic. If you wish to find out more about First Responders, please go to our webpage here.

South West Ambulance are currently recruiting Community First Responders for this area: to view the advert and to find out how to apply, please click here. The closing date for applications is 8th April.

Call for Community First Responders

First RespondersSouth West Ambulance Service are currently advertising for Community First Responders in St Breward and the surrounding area. At present, St Breward has only one active Responder so more volunteers are very much needed. You must have a clean driving licence and have held it for 12 months, have no more that 3 current penalty points and the use of a car with  insurance etc. Basic life support training is provided by the Ambulance Service and includes the use of a defibrillator in the case of cardiac arrest. To see the advert on NHS Jobs, please click here. To find out more about First Responding, please call Charlotte Hicks on 07775 812767 or Jane Hanscomb on (01208) 850806.