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On Saturday 9th July a team from Fordingbridge Fire Station, along with the Fordingbridge Community First Responders, held a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) awareness day.

Over 30 people, including Fordingbridge Town Mayor Cllr Malcolm Connolly, attended this free training event and learnt how to provide safe and effective CPR; attendees were also able to find out more about the Fordingbridge Public Access Defibrillator (PADs) Project that has so far seen the donation of four PADs to the community.

The Fordingbridge Community First Responders loaned out ten CPR training kits so that residents could further practice these life-saving skill at home.


Every year, over 30,000 people in the UK suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital. Happening in the home, workplace or anywhere in between, it’s often witnessed by friends, family and colleagues. Without help, the person will die within minutes, but immediate and effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help double the chance of survival in some cases.

The Fordingbridge Community First Responders can now offer free training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of public access defibrillators (like the ones we are installing throughout the community).

If you’d like to learn these skills, follow our Facebook page to find out about our public events:

If you are a community group and would like to organise a training session, please email

To make a donation to the Fordingbridge Community Responders, learn more about the role, or volunteer, call 07879 496 629. If you live elsewhere in Hampshire, visit, email, or call 0800 587 0207.

1st image: (Left) Pete White, Watch Manager, Station 47 Fordingbridge; (centre) Andrew Carr, Scheme Co-ordinator, Fordingbridge Community First Responders; (Right) Colin Reeves, Station Instructor, Station 47 Fordingbridge; (Front) Isobel & Yasmin Reeves

2nd image: Town Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Connolly practicing CPR at the awareness day.