Canyonleigh First Responders – a volunteer service essential for the community
Since 2011 the Canyonleigh First Responders (CFR) have attended over 200 call-outs to assist community members with medical assistance, including support for numerous air evacuations. They have attended calls in all weather, at all times of the day and night and have traversed dirt tracks and paddocks. As a community, Canyonleigh has a reliance on this essential service. Having a CFR unit within the community provides a sense of reassurance, knowing that trained help is close at hand during a medical emergency.
The CFR is in need of new members and, should this vital service drop further in membership – it could be withdrawn. The consequences? No emergency medical assistance until an ambulance arrives from Bowral or medevac helicopter. From dialling 000, this could be a gap of 45 minutes or more. In most instances, the CFR can respond in around 15 minutes or less. That time-difference can make or break the patient’s chances in a worst case scenario.
CFR is urgently seeking new recruits able to commit to a very fulfilling opportunity to make a real difference in the Canyonleigh community. Volunteers will learn new skills and be a member of a professional and dedicated team. CFR averages between one and two call outs each month and has the satisfaction of knowing that the treatment they provide ahead of an ambulance could just prove the difference in a patient's well being and future.
The CFR is not asking too much of your time and will work in with your priorities. We have RFS members who have joined the CFR, but we need other members of Canyonleigh to step-up and support the community. While we never hope it happens to you, imagine what it would be like if you had to dial 000 for an ambulance, then had to wait 45 minutes or more for an ambulance to arrive?