LIVES responders open new facilities in Horncastle, Lincolnshire
A LIFE-saving organisation has secured an even brighter future with the open of its new headquarters.
The Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) has officially opened new facilities on Horncastle's industrial estate, off Spratt Close.
The organisation supports the emergency services with volunteers providing life-saving care until paramedics arrive at the scene.
The building has been designed from scratch to meet the needs of LIVES for the next 20 years.
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LIVES had been at its former headquarters at the Horncastle War Memorial Hospital Centre since 2002.
In the 10 years they were there, they were finding they were needing more space for training and storage needs.
Paul Martin, office manager and treasurer said: "We have had the luxury of designing this building to suit our future needs.
"We felt it was very important to stay within Horncastle. It is the centre of Lincolnshire and best supports our volunteers for training"
The new headquarters has a large store room, two-and-a-half times bigger than the old one, and they now have the latest training aids for the First Responders.
Ken Bush has helped LIVES from its conception, with his garage once acting as a store room in the very early days.
He unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the new headquarters and to mark his involvement and continuing support to LIVES, he was presented with a special gold LIVES pin badge by trustee, Peter Carlsson.
Only around five other gold badges have been presented so far.
Mr Bush said he was lost for words.
Speaking about how the LIVES organisation has grown, he said: "The fact we now have over 600 responder volunteers speaks for itself. I am very aware of their devotion that these people are giving to help others. It has been a great honour for me to be asked to do this opening."
Horncastle Mayor, Councillor Fiona Martin said: "This is a wonderful facility and I am extremely pleased and proud that LIVES continues to be based in Horncastle."
By the end of this year, LIVES predict that they would have attended around 12,000 call-outs.
Lives has 164 First Responder groups across Lincolnshire with 607 volunteer First Responders.