Out of the Ashes: Stories from Lancashire – Episode 1 is Live!

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Turn up the volume, our first episode of Out of the Ashes: Stories from Lancashire is live 🔊🔥

In our first episode, we speak to a woman whose heart stopped beating and the community first responder who, along with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) crew, saved her life.

Diane Fenton went into cardiac arrest at her home in Leyland in January 2023. Her husband immediately dialed 999 and began chest compressions, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s first ever community first responder, Andy Dow, was the first to arrive on scene. Diane said: “If it wasn’t for Andy and the paramedics, the outcome could have been a lot different.”

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is running a trial involving non-operational staff volunteering as community first responders, supporting North West Ambulance Service. Community first responders are trained to provide life-saving treatment to patients in the vital first few minutes of an emergency until ambulance crews arrive.

Our episode can be found here.

If you would like to read more about Diane’s story, you can here.