MINETY VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM
To support community resilience, the Community Heartbeat Trust now provides a service to help villages install and run a Volunteer Emergency Telephone System, or VETS. Minety now has this service available on a best endeavours basis.
VETS is designed for the lone rescuer, out of activation radius and spread out community situations. A third of all 999 calls are from lone rescuers, so getting help to them quickly is important. VETS is a community-run system and enables up to 10 “good neighbours” to assist pending the arrival of the emergency services. A local number is used as a single point of contact using “Hunting-Group” technology to ring all volunteers phone numbers simultaneously.
The system can also be used for any emergency where additional help is required from neighbours, whether Cardiac Arrest or not. The availability of VETS helps villages whether or not they are using a CHT provided defibrillator project, and gives a level of reassurance to the elderly, those living alone, and to the infirm, that there is always help on hand.
Always ring 999 first, but for additional help call 01666 800212