Lack of 999 cover putting Llanfyllin lives at risk say councillors


Rebecca Cole

LLANFYLLIN is “very badly placed” to benefit from emergency medical care.
That was the claim made by town councillor Diana Dunn who implored fellow members to find out more about community first responders (CFRs) who she described as “absolute life-savers”.
She revealed the town only had two CFRs who have to cover an “incredibly large area” while in Llangynog there are eight.
She said: “I didn’t realise how badly placed we were.
“They are the first people who are going to come to us in an emergency.
“If they were in Oswestry they would have a pool vehicle and kit including defibrillators provided but here they are expected to fund these themselves.
“It seems unfair how much imbalance there is.
“The provision of these services is very random,” she added.
Mayor of Llanfyllin, Councillor Ann Williams told members there was a defibrillator in the town but “no-one knows where it is” and Cllr Dunn added that even the CFRs did not know the location.
Members, including Cllr Brautigam, agreed having one in the town “could be hugely beneficial” but warned that “chucking money at the service isn’t necessarily going to be very helpful”.
Cllr Simon Baines warned members the town was “way out of line not having one” and Cllr Dunn suggested fundraising could help support the service.
Cllr Baines added: “I understand that the ambulance service has it’s targets but it’s not right to put people’s lives at risk.
“There’s a massive discrepancy between here and Llangynog and I think we should address that.”
Cllr Dunn suggested giving the CFRs their own defibrillators so they would not have to return to town to collect one before treating someone.
Stephen Roberts, Regional First Responder Officer at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Community First Responders play an important role alongside frontline ambulance staff in making sure patients get help quickly and efficiently.
“We have trained a further four first responders in the Llanfyllin area, two of whom will operate from Llanfyllin itself and two from the outskirts of the town, and volunteers are expected to commence their duties in the very near future. 
“First responders are a key partner in the chain of survival, and we are committed to ensuring that they are fully supported.
“They are very much part of the whole Welsh Ambulance Service family, and we will welcome applications from anyone who would like to volunteer.”

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