henfield area response team (hart)
Volunteers providing emergency medical support to the Community
Members of the HART team at the monthly training session, June 2019.
HART (Henfield Area Response Team) was set up in January 2004 to tackle cardiac emergencies in the Henfield community. As an independent charity it supports the Sussex Ambulance Service in providing volunteer trained responders for emergency calls in Henfield that are life-threatening - or potentially life-threatening. Responders attend 999 calls at the request of the ambulance service and provide care prior to the arrival of the ambulance. These local responders have the training to use defibrillators that can restart a heart before the brain is irreversibly damaged. The emergency response time in the Henfield area is reduced from 20 minutes to, in many cases, less than five minutes.