The dark evenings have arrived along with the rain. The first few weeks in December were quite unsettled, but hopefully things will be looking up soon. It will not be long now and the days will begin to get longer and the temperature will rise. Well that’s the weather done! Well I am English and still obsessed by the weather.

FAST training 016As always the FAST2016 team have been very active during the festive period. The responders had a break over Christmas for a few days, so no cover was available from 24th to 27th and again from New Year’s Eve until 2nd January. If the FAST2016 number was called during these times there was a message giving information on the phone.
The emergency services was available on 112 as normal.

In November there were 18 call outs resulting in 15 ambulances attending. Some call outs result in the responders giving first aid or maybe just advice; normally the advice will be to see their own doctor if an ambulance is not required.

fast DSC04206People on Camposol will see the two FAST2016 vehicles driving about on the urbanisation, but behind the scenes there is an awful lot of work going on to provide this service:
The Trainers/Instructors organise the training sessions on a Tuesday morning, carefully following the strict guidelines laid down by our regulating authority.

There are Spanish lessons presented by Mandy for Responders, giving them a basic knowledge to be able to communicate with the Paramedics when they arrive. We also have guest speakers who pass on information. These speakers include Colin A Thackwell from Age Concern, Tony Smith the English Funeral Director and Derek Harding from FAST2016.

The vehicles have to be checked each week by responsible people who ensure the vehicles are safe. The documents have to be in order, including motor insurance and road tax. The cars can be driven by at least 20 different people in a month.
The emergency phones have to be topped up when the credit is low and if there is a problem with the phones there is someone who will sort that out.

The new FAST2016 website will soon be up and running. This will have lots of useful information on it.

The Facebook page is also updated by two administrators.

The Treasurer keeps control of the finances, ensuring the money donated and collected goes into the bank and bills are paid.

The trauma bags, two in each car, have to be checked each Tuesday to ensure the correct equipment is in each bag and working correctly. Equipment and supplies have to be ordered when the stocks are getting low.

Many thanks to:
The fundraisers/supporters who make cakes to sell or raffle.

The FAST nurses who stand on the dual carriageway shaking their buckets for your loose change or loose notes. (It is only with the generosity of the people of Camposol that we are able to provide this service.)

The Supporters who man the bookstall on Fridays.

The coach trips are organised by Mandy who is also a Trainer and Responder. There have been trips to Benidorm and a shopping extravaganza to La Zenia and Liquor 43. The trip to Aguilas to see the carnival is on 4th March. Tickets available at the bookstall outside TJ Electricals, Camposol B on 2nd and last Friday each month.

FAST2016 are always looking for more responders to help with this great organisation, so if you would like to be part of the great organisation just contact us at recruitment@fast2016.org or come along on a Tuesday morning to Camposol Cultural Centre.

Finally a big thank you to all the businesses, residents and visitors on Camposol who support FAST2016. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
What have you done today to make you feel proud?