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'Rewarding' work for volunteers

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

Ashbourne first responder Linda Dutton.

Ashbourne first responder Linda Dutton.

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LINDA Dutton, 37, of Tissington, has been a first responder for nearly three years.

She said: "I heard an advert on the radio asking for volunteers and thought it sounded really worthwhile so applied to join the team.

"It's been every bit as rewarding as I had hoped it would be. I go on duty most days – sometimes for an hour or two and sometimes for the full day, all depending on what my work shifts are.

"I can fit responding in around my work hours."

Kaytee Everitt, 20, of Ashbourne, said: "Being a responder is all about helping, and it's a great feeling when you know you have helped someone who really needed you."

Jacek Stosik, 30, of Ashbourne, said: "I like to be part of the Ashbourne community and it's rewarding because we can really help people in an emergency."

Carl Brown, 35, of Ashbourne, is a fireman and has decided to be trained as a first responder. He said: "I'm used to keeping calm in an emergency and it seemed like a good idea to get involved and do my bit."

Amanda Mansfield, 46, of Ashbourne, is also waiting to be trained. She said: "I can't wait to get involved. I want to be able to make a difference to people's lives. I know the training is really robust so I feel confident and well supported."

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