From the end of last year I have been on call as a first responder in the village of Sixmilecross. Over a year ago I was asked if I would be a part of the Termon Community Responders team. Over the past 12 months I have been trained on how to use a defibrillator, give CPR and how to deal with choking.
The Termon Community Responders covers the parish of Termonmaguirk , but may also on occasion be capable of responding to calls close to Mountfield, and Pomeroy.
There are five such responder units in N Ireland. Their aim is to be able to respond to 999 calls to the ambulance service and start CPR until the ambulance arrives. This could increase a patients survival chances by 50%. All community responders are volunteers and give up of their time to train and be on call.
An issue that lies heavily with the group is the lack of house numbers on road side dwellings or at the end of lanes leading to a dwelling house.
When a responder receives a call out message from the ambulance service, they do not get a name but only the address and condition of the patient. For the local responder this can become difficult finding the house quickly if house numbers are not displayed or easily seen.
We would urge therefore, that your house number is clearly displayed from the road to assist ambulance service and community responders to get to your house quickly.
It would be ironic if “your number was up” because your did not put up your number.