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CST/FAST is a group of volunteers based on Camposol, Mazarrón whose purpose is to attend medical emergencies on Camposol before the emergency services arrive. They also attend if the call does not require an ambulance. They can provide information over the phone and support to the patient and family when we arrive.

Example

Whilst writing this article, I am on duty; a 12 hour night. I get a call from someone who needs FAST to help them. After taking their details, I call my partner and agree to meet and get to the incident as soon as possible. We arrive and deal with the situation until the emergency services arrive. When our work is complete, we prepare to leave.  The feeling that we have helped the person in pain, but also given comfort and support to family and friends, is so rewarding.

FAST were called out 27 times in August, resulting in 14 ambulances being called. That means we saved the ambulance teams 13 visits to Camposol. The FAST Responders provided comfort and support to family and friends whilst waiting for the arrival of the ambulance teams, or advice if an ambulance is not required. It is sometimes better to transport the casualty in their own vehicle. They can get to the medical centre much quicker.  Since FAST was formed in 2011 they have attended over 1,055 calls for help up to the end of August.

SOS silly old sods presenting Baz with a cheque

The cost of keeping this service on the road is expensive. We are always looking for more ways to raise funds. In September we had donations from Mia at the Vista Bar, Camposol A. On 7th September we had a €600 donation from the SOS (Silly Old Sods), at Oscar’s Bar, Camposol B.

Glenn and Charles collecting for FAST

Every cent raised or donated goes to support CST\FAST on Camposol.  No-one in the association gets a cent for what they do. We do not even claim expenses.

Representatives of 5 major organisations on Camposol attended a meeting hosted by FAST at the Social Centre. Those attending were representatives from FAST, MABS, Royal British Legion, The Fiesta Group and Colin Thackwell. It was agreed to work together for the good of all residents and visitors to Camposol. It was also agreed to have regular meetings.

FAST have a Golf day arranged on 12th October at the Camposol Club de Golf.  This will be open to all who have a golf handicap and all 18 holes have been sponsored by local businesses. More information can be obtained by emailing committee@fast2016.org

TRIPS

Trip to Seville and Cordoba – 29th October to 1st November.

3 nights B & B in a 4 star hotel the Don Paco. There will be a day trip to Cordoba included. Tickets €260 including insurance available from FAST Stall outside TJ Electricals, Camposol B on Fridays or email trips@fast2016.org or phone 634 314 379

FAST also has a table at the Golf Club market on a Wednesday.

EVENTS

CST/FAST Autumn Ball was on 22nd September.

More details in the next issue of the Costa Cálida Chronicle.

If you would like to know more about CST/FAST and join this great team of volunteers, please email recruitment@fast2016.org or call in to the Social Centre on a Tuesday morning between 10am-12pm. We are always looking for new team members.  We also need supporters to help raise funds to finance this service, so if you can give a few hours to sell raffle tickets or be a fundraiser in any way, you will be made most welcome. There is always a cup of tea or coffee on the go on Tuesday mornings.

FAST will be running a first responder course on Camposol in October.
Contact recruitment@fast2016.org or committee@fast2016.org for details.

FAST WORKING FOR EVERYONE ON CAMPOSOL.