What we do

LIVES First Responders are all volunteers who give up their time to respond to emergencies in your area. When you dial 999 not only will an ambulance be mobilised, but if appropriate, usually for emergency calls deemed by ambulance control to be serious and/or life threatening, the LIVES volunteers on call in your area will also receive notification that you need their help and respond.

The limited road networks surrounding the more isolated parts of Lincolnshire mean that many parts of this county often need to wait longer than others for an ambulance to arrive. These extra minutes are vital to a patient. In extreme circumstances this could mean the difference between life and death. Each LIVES Responder group covers a limited area dictated by the criteria that a First Responder should be able to reach a casualty in their area within 5-6 min's of the 999 call. This time must be achieved adhering to the Highway Code and driving conditions as First Responders are not authorised to drive under emergency services rules.

When the LIVES First Responder reaches you, they are trained and equipped to provide care to you or a member of your family whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
All First Responders carry essential equipment such as the Automatic Defibrillator and oxygen with the training to be able to provide emergency care to an adult with cardiac arrest, breathing difficulties, chest pains, collapsing and fits. With these potentially life threatening conditions minutes or even seconds can be vital.

Join Us - Some Facts

Anyone 18 or over with a full, clean driving licence.

Live within the Navenby Responder group area.

Have a basic level of physical fitness sufficient to enable you to carry a 15Kg bag of equipment, and to be able to kneel and administer CPR for up to 20 minutes.

No previous first aid knowledge or experience is necessary as full training is provided by LIVES.

Apart from committing to attend a three day initial training course, and ongoing refresher training every three months, you only need to give as much time as you can spare.

Even when you are on duty you will be able to do many of the things you already do without affecting your ability to respond when needed.

The basic course is three days long and will qualify you as a Level 2 Responder. Some of the main subjects covered are as follows:

•Basic Life Support •Automated External Defibrillator
•Oxygen Therapy •Management of Medical Emergencies
•Patient Assessment •Patient Handling and Monitoring

Training will continue within your group with training sessions every 3 months with a qualified trainer and mandatory annual assessment and re qualification with an outside examiner.

More experienced First Responders have the option to undergo further training to become Intermediate Level 3 Responders.

Level 3 Responders are able to deal with all of the conditions as a Level 2 Responder but can attend incidents involving children. They are also qualified to deal with patients with traumatic injuries and could be called on to attend road traffic accidents.