The ambulance service is promising more support for West Norfolk life-savers as it launches a recruitment drive for more.
It is removing the signing-up fees for anyone who wants to become a Community First Responder (CFR) and also introducing expenses payments to help cover fuel and other expenses.
The East of England Ambulance Service is keen to find more volunteers and get support from employers for their staff to help with the life-saving scheme too.
North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker said: “Having raised this issue in Parliament and holding talks with the ambulance service, I am delighted that the importance of our CFRs has been recognised in this way.
“They provide vital support to our paramedics, and it has been a campaign of mine to ensure CFRs are remunerated better to aide recruitment and retention. The costly initial fees, that so often present a barrier to more people signing up, have also been waived. I am grateful to EEAST for listening and supporting this initiative as we do all we can to help our ambulance service.”
More information on the role of CFRs and details on how to apply to volunteer are available on EEAST’s website here.