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Lives could be at risk in three areas of South Holland unless volunteers step forward to support the ambulance service.

A plea has been made for LIVES First Responders in Weston Parish, Holbeach and Moulton so residents calling 999 can have medical help on the scene within the eight-minute target time.

At the moment that target is impossible to achieve and could mean lives are at risk, according to recruitment development officer for South Lincolnshire Stephen Hyde.

He said: “We have responders in Spalding and South Holland but they couldn’t get to these locations within eight minutes. But we could if we can get new people.”

Volunteers will have tree hours pre-training with a local group before three days training at the headquarters in Horncastle, which can be split to fit in with other commitments.

They will then have training with a local group over eight weeks before being active in the new locations, followed by four training sessions a year to maintain skill level.

Once trained in first aid skills and the use of a defibrillator they will be part of the network of 34 groups covering South Lincolnshire.

Nigel Perry, Spalding co-ordinator, said: “Our volunteers play a vital part in the community supporting the emergency services.

“We just need people keen to help and we’ll do the rest.”

Anyone interested should call Stephen Hyde on 07876502999 or Nigel Perry on 07909223951.

Once there is enough interest an open evening will be held at St John Ambulance in Pinchbeck.