A LIFELINE medical service has collapsed, after volunteer numbers fell to unprecedented levels.

Aspatria Community First Responders is down to two volunteers, who attend between 30 and 40 calls each month across the group’s patch.

They provide a vital service to residents and can be the first people on-site during a medical emergency.

But due to retirements and problems with recruitment, a once seven-strong team is down to two – and unfortunately one of the final two volunteers is having to give up.

As a result of the group disbanding, the maintenance of the town's public defibrillators needs to be handed over.

The first responders have asked Aspatria Town Council to take over their running and upkeep.

In a meeting, town councillors discussed the running costs and what role they would have to play to keep the vital pieces of equipment in working order.

At the moment the council has gone back to the team to find out more about insurance cover and has not committed to taking on the role that would make them responsible for the life-saving tools.