With generous donations from a number of lodges, Buckinghamshire Freemasons have purchased a new first response vehicle for the market town of Winslow
Steve Acton, Winslow Community First Responder, and also a local Freemason of Saxon Lodge No. 9735, and Dave Cave, Community Engagement Training Officer (South Central Ambulance Service), were officially presented with the new response vehicle from Phil Blacklaw and Tony Robinson, the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters of Buckinghamshire.
This vehicle was purchased with the generous donations from the lodges that meet at Eliot Hall Masonic Centre in Winslow and the Buckinghamshire Masonic Centenary Fund. It replaces the first response vehicle which went operational in April 2015. As its predecessor, it had 4x4 capability to assist in rural locations and adverse weather conditions.
Buckinghamshire freemasons and Eliot Hall Masonic Centre have been great of support of Winslow community first responders and through their continued support in providing funding for this vehicle and equipment, they are helping to provide lifesaving skills and equipment to reach local people who are suffering a medical emergency prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
The new response vehicle is bigger than its predecessor, as it is now equipped with specialist lifting equipment and can be sent to assist casualties who have fallen and require specialist equipment to get them up, which certain community first responders are trained to do, with Steve Acton being one of them.
It carries the usual lifesaving equipment and medical gases as the other vehicle did also soon it is hoped to have the latest communication equipment installed, with funds still being sought after.