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Community Initiatives

Posted: 02/12/2016

As a Community Interest Company, we actively support and engage with community projects to help deliver our vision of ‘making our business partners and community safer every day.’ Here are some examples of projects we’ve recently taken part in.

Shaun Lyons successfully completes the K2B Challenge


Shaun Lyons, one of our lead instructors, recently competed in the K2B Challenge (Keswick to Barrow). A team of nine runners, who competed under the team name Wylie Coyote’s Road Runners, took part in the Keswick to Barrow 42.65 K2B run in the memory of PC Russ Wylie, who tragically died in a road traffic collision while on duty on his police motorcycle.

The team raised £4,140 in donations, with the great cause of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance benefiting. HFR Solutions contributed an additional sum of £1,000 making a grand total of £5,140. Well done to Shaun and the team - to complete such a tough course is a fantastic achievement.

Walkwell Walking Group members’ safer thanks to HFR Solutions first aid training

Walkwell Walking Group are a local voluntary organisation based in North East Lincolnshire, who regularly organise and lead walks from various different venues (every day of the week apart from Saturdays) in and around the areas of Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and Laceby. From its original formation, the group’s membership has grown to approximately 200 members and it has proved successful at encouraging members to become more active, improve wellbeing and also provides an opportunity to meet new people.

With some walking group members aged 60 and 70 years and older, the committee recognised the importance of their lead walkers improving their first aid and basic life support skills and being able to administer these skills if and when required to do so. Having approached HFR Solutions CIC, we were able to help, by delivering some complimentary basic first aid training during October to eight lead walkers at Grimsby Fire Station.

The training sessions comprised of:

  • Basic life support training
  • Basic first aid techniques (i.e. CPR)
  • Demonstration of how to use a defibrillator (AED)

Walkwell Walking Group Chairman, Donald Cowie, commented “Being responsible for several walkers during each walk, it is very important that our lead walkers hold some basic first aid knowledge. The health and wellbeing of all our members is a top priority and we are all too aware of fall and trip hazards and the remote locations some of our walking routes cover. We are extremely grateful to HFR Solutions for providing this first aid training and everyone who attended the session thoroughly enjoyed it. There is little doubt our knowledge of first aid has improved as a result”.

Lee Grantham, HFR Solutions CIC Workplace Training Instructor, commented “Having received this request from Donald, we were delighted to help, if only in a small way and deliver some basic first aid training to Walkwell’s lead walkers. The walking group can continue to organise and enjoy their walking, but in a safer manner”.    

Heartstart update

HFR Solutions CIC community Heartstart training program continues to prove a highly successful part of our community engagement program. It provides community groups with the opportunity to learn new skills such as basic life support and first aid training and how to use a defibrillator.

Quick intervention using simple and basic life support skills really do save lives

Recently, an Emergency First Responder for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised by an Ambulance Controller from the Ambulance Service to attend an elderly lady suffering from a cardiac arrest. The response time from initial call to arrival on scene was approximately 6 minutes and upon arrival, the responder witnessed a teenage girl carrying out Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on her grandmother.

The girl was encouraged to continue, whilst the responder applied the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) pads to the casualty’s chest. Her airway was cleared with an aspirator and an airway adjunct, using oxygen therapy with a bag, valve and mask. The responder then took over CPR duties. On identification of a shockable rhythm by the AED, the lady’s heart was shocked, further respiratory assistance was delivered by the responder and upon arrival of the ambulance crew, the lady received further and continuous care until arrival at hospital where having received further and definitive care, we are delighted to confirm the lady made a full recovery. 

A real-life Heartstart example

This girl had attended a Heartstart training session and there is no doubt that her swift response and actions saved the life of her grandmother. Upon witnessing her grandmother’s cardiac arrest, she acted quickly, assessing her airway, contacting the Ambulance Service on 999 and then providing CPR until the first responder arrived. 

Every minute counts

The quicker CPR is administered and an AED is activated, the greater the chance of survival for a casualty suffering a cardiac arrest. For every minute no intervention is provided, the chances of a casualty in cardiac arrest surviving reduces by 10 to 20%.

To learn basic life skills that really contribute towards saving lives, why not pop down to one of our forthcoming Heartstart community sessions, at which you will benefit from learning simple skills should a casualty display any of the following symptoms:

  • Unconscious and unresponsive, but breathing normally
  • Suffering from a heart attack
  • Suffering a cardiac arrest
  • Choking
  • Suffering a serious bleed

As part of our Community Interest Company status, and supporting the HFR Solutions CIC vision of ‘making the community safer every day’, we are able to provide these community sessions free of charge. The sessions last for two hours and all delegates attending will receive a certificate of attendance.

Recent sessions have been delivered in locations ranging from Alkborough, Brigg, Epworth, Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Winterton.

For further details on our Heartstart sessions, please click here or call John Armson on 01724 406737