FATHER-of-two Darren Hall is on the road as a Community First Responder, thanks to support from Crewe Town Council.
Darren, 32, has proved a life-saver on many occasions over the past year since becoming a full-trained responder swiftly on the scene of an emergency in Crewe and surrounding areas.
His ex-fleet car donated by Cheshire Police is now branded up and insured by the town council which has also funded his uniform.
It’s a voluntary role so it’s great to get this backing. Insuring the car would have set me back quite a bit but now it’s covered and I feel proud to play a role in helping to save local lives.
Crewe born and bred Darren is often first on the scene of an emergency armed with defibrillators, oxygen and observation equipment. In response to the pandemic, his uniform includes full PPE.
He studied engineering at Cheshire College, South&West and took first aid as an extra curriculum subject at 16.
A former special police constable, he became a Community First Responder (CFR) working alongside the Nantwich group to give back to the community.
I loved working as a ‘special’ but fitting the shifts in alongside a young family was hard but I still wanted to give back and my first aid training was a great reason to become a CFR in my hometown. It’s rewarding to know my actions increase the patient’s chances of survival.
When he’s not on duty as CFR, Darren works as a Business Analayst at Assurant in Crewe.
Crewe Mayor Cllr Benn Minshall said:
We were pleased to support Darren especially at a time when our emergency services are stretched more than ever.
It takes a special kind of person to take over in an emergency. When we heard of his work, we had no hesitation in getting behind Crewe’s first CFR.
For more on Crewe Town Council’s work in the community go to https://www.crewetowncouncil.gov.uk/