Vote for Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS)
NARS currently has a Lucas 2 auto CPR machine on loan. But it’s due to be returned at the end of May and we will be without one.
So we urgently need to purchase one of our own. The loaned one has saved at least one life already.
We have entered into the Aviva Community Fund competition to win the £10,000 needed to buy one. But we need public votes to get our project through to the final. So we need your help!
Please vote for us now at: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/1351/
http://www.nars.org.uk – “Before you need us”.
Norfolk Accident Rescue Service has been providing critical care since 1970. Originally started as a General Practitioner immediate care scheme, whereby GPs would attend the scenes of road traffic accidents in their area. This service was, and still is, voluntary and the doctors would respond in their own cars. The scheme soon developed into a charity specialising in working with ambulance crews to improve patient care at accidents throughout Norfolk.
NARS doctors and Critical Care Paramedics are still dispatched from home, in their own cars, but today their cars are equipped with blue lights and sirens, paid for by the charity. They have been trained to drive under emergency conditions, have advanced driving qualifications and have additional ‘blue light’ insurance, again paid for from the charity’s funds. NARS doctors and paramedics still provide their services voluntarily.
But there was recognition that the somewhat random availability of NARS members could be an issue. Frequently, a call would come in which needed a NARS member to attend, but the person might not be available. What was needed was a unit which would be ‘on call’ at the busiest times: a vehicle manned by skilled personnel, carrying all the necessary equipment and drugs, ready to go at a moment’s notice.
The concept of a NARS Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) was proposed in early 2014 and a campaign was launched to pay for it. After a period of intense fund-raising and the receipt of some generous donations, the charity decided to purchase a second-hand Audi Allroad – an estate car which is fast, has four wheel drive and which can negotiate limited off-road conditions.
All the members are volunteers and offer their services free of charge in their spare time. The organisation is funded solely by donations – the organisation receives no government or health service funding.