On Saturday, 20th October 2018, the Worshipful Master of Tenby Lodge no 1177, VW Bro Brian Hilling led a crack team of his Brethren to present a magnificent cheque for £2500 to representatives of Tenby & Saundersfoot First Responders.
Tenby/Saundersfoot First Responders is a community scheme set up by the Welsh Ambulance Service with members of the community responding to 999 calls and giving life saving treatment while an ambulance is on the way.
They can attend the scene of a medical emergency in a very short time. Often arriving within a few minutes of the call and sometimes whilst the caller is still on the phone. They are trained to provide Emergency Life Support and to treat patients suffering from a range of conditions. On the arrival of an Ambulance, they form part of the team treating the patient.
When a 999 call is made, First Responders are alerted by WAST's three control centres and are sent to certain types of calls at the same time as an ambulance, so they can provide essential care until the vehicle reaches the scene.