U.K. region seeks first responders

The regional ambulance service in Clacton and Holland-on-Sea in the U.K. is seeking additional volunteers to become first responders to help with local emergencies.

Danny Ayling and Sarra Boulton, coordinators for first responders for the East of England Ambulance Service, said on Friday that there are not enough volunteers to support individuals in trouble, Clacton Gazette reports.

"Anyone living or working within this community can get involved with the scheme either as a first responder, or to help with other vital aspects of the scheme as a community supporter, fundraising or general admin help to the group," Ayling said, according to Clacton Gazette.

Community first responders receive free training to help them provide life-saving skills to make a difference during a life or death situation before professional paramedics arrive. The first responders are called to the scene of an emergency following an emergency 999 call, Clacton Gazette reports.

"We need to make ourselves known in the community and we can only do this if we have dedicated volunteers to help with advertisement and ongoing recruitment," Ayling said, according to Clacton Gazette.

Volunteers carry first aid equipment and a defibrillator when they are on call for emergencies.

The East of England Ambulance Service is one of 10 ambulance National Health Service trusts in England. The trust covers six counties, including Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.