Emergency call service set up in South Tawton

By Sally Shipton in Local People

AN emergency telephone system, which aims to give aid to people pending the arrival of an ambulance, has been set up in South Tawton.

The Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) is a service run by the Community Heartbeat Trust, which enables nearby trained volunteers to assist a person waiting for emergency services to arrive.

The initiative to obtain a Village Emergency Telephone System was that of South Tawton Parish Council, who provided funding for the system and will pay for volunteers to be trained.

South Tawton has been allocated a unique telephone number which can be called in an emergency after calling 999. This number will alert the trained volunteers, meaning that someone will be able to come to a person’s aid rapidly in an emergency.

The volunteers will also be able to respond in the event of a cardiac as they will have been trained by the Community Heartbeat Trust to use the defibrillators, which are installed in the village.

South Tawton parish clerk Rebecca Walker said: ‘The phone line is now working and we are just looking to set up a date to train the volunteers. We hope to have a date arranged soon, sometime this summer.’

She added that the council was grateful to all those who have volunteered to be part of the scheme and that training would be provided to all volunteers in due course.

The Village Emergency Telephone Number in South Tawton is 01837 500999. In cases of emergency, call 999 first.

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