A grant of more than £25,000 will allow LIVES to recruit more first responders on the east coast.
DONG Energy has provided funding of £25,119 through its East Coast Community Fund, to ensure that communities on the coast have an active first responder service, with volunteers trained and equipped.
Up to 19 new responders will be recruited and trained in key areas across the east coast.
The new LIVES first responders will be trained to deal with all kinds of emergencies from traumatic injuries such as falls and road traffic collisions, and medical emergencies such as chest pains and cardiac arrest.
LIVES already responds to more than 20,000 people in 999 medical emergencies day and night, 365 days a year.
Nikki Silver, CEO of LIVES, said: “We are very grateful to DONG Energy for funding the recruitment of new first responders through the East Coast Community Fund to allow us to provide immediate medical care for more people in need along the east coast.
“Our responders make a huge contribution to their communities throughout the year, responding to emergency calls day or night and whatever the weather.
“We’re often the first people at the scene of an emergency and our actions save lives. Therefore to be able to build up our responder team along the east coast is going to make a lifesaving difference.”
Natasha Nanuck, stakeholder advisor at DONG Energy, added: “DONG Energy is committed to supporting the local areas and communities in which we operate and we are delighted that this contribution from our East Coast fund is going to such a worthy cause.
“LIVES provides a vital service on the East Coast and we commend the dedicated volunteers and first responders who save lives in the community.”