Praise for village life-savers

VOLUNTEER life-savers in a Northumberland coastal village have been recognised by their local Rotary branch.

The Seahouses Ambulance First Responder Group, which has been active since 2003, was presented with a special certificate by chairman Roger Howell for their service to the community.

To date the Seahouses team of five have answered 889 calls, 97 of them this year.

The group operate an on-call rota, and maintain 24/7 cover for the Seahouses, Bamburgh and Beadnell areas, but have also been called further afield to incidents at Newham, Doxford, Embleton and Belford.

Co-ordinator Ian Clayton said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition of the teams’ work.

“As we have become part of the fittings in the Seahouses area over the years, perhaps we are sometimes taken for granted simply as part of the ambulance service response.

“This certificate serves to remind us that we are very much appreciated, which makes it all worthwhile and rewarding work.

“Responders can never replace professional ambulance crews, who are often thin on the ground in these rural areas. Our role is to supplement and support the emergency ambulance crews, we have developed a great relationship working with them, and we have a great admiration for their dedication and professionalism.”

For more information or to join, leave details at Seahouses Resource Centre, or call the North East Ambulance Service Community First Responder Office on 0191 4302042.