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Doncaster CFR Volunteers Request

31 March 2008

31 March 2008

Put Something Back into Your Community -
Volunteers Required for Community First Responder Schemes in Doncaster

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is looking for volunteers in the Doncaster area to join existing Community First Responder schemes and is holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 23 April 2008 at our training school in Doncaster.
Community First Responders are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

They are trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) which delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart.  Some Community First Responders also carry portable oxygen. 

Volunteers are being sought for existing schemes in Armthorpe, Askern, Aukley, Barnby Dunn, Bawtry, Blaxton, Branton, Conisbrough, Finningley, Hatfield, Norton, Rossington, Skellow,  Sprotbrough, Stainforth, Thorne, and Tickhill.

Mark Broadbelt, Community Defibrillation Trainer for YAS, said: “Community First Responders make a valuable contribution to their communities.  We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical.  If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced. Being a Community First Responder can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to come along to the Open Evening to find out more.

“Many people volunteer to gain experience, to help their local communities and some people have had personal experience of a loved one needing prompt medical attention and can see the value in this initiative. Volunteers come from all walks of life, young and older, working or retired, from teachers and drivers to shop keepers and Army Sergeants!”

Full training (over eight consecutive evenings) will be given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence with no more than six penalty points.  YAS will also run Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on candidates.

The Open Evening is being held at Doncaster Ambulance Station, Training School, Clay Lane West, Doncaster, 23 April 2008 at 7pm. To book a place contact the Network Response office tel: 01709 827809 or to find out more contact Mark Broadbelt tel: 07920 594087, email: mark.broadbelt@yas.nhs.uk or contact Emma Scott tel: 07970 728136 or email: emma.scott@yas.nhs.uk.

Note to Editors:

More than 260,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year, about a third of whom die before reaching hospital due to cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest most often occurs as a result of a heart attack, when the heart is starved of oxygen. Cardiac arrests cause the heart either to quiver, known as fibrillation, or stop beating altogether. The defibrillators carried by Community First Responders work by delivering a controlled electric shock through the chest wall to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat after a cardiac arrest. The faster this treatment is delivered, the better the outcome for the patient.

Community First Responders can also administer oxygen and are trained in basic life support skills, which could be invaluable in the minutes before the ambulance arrives. All Responders carry YAS ID cards and may attend patients with chest pain or difficulty breathing and patients who are unconscious or who have collapsed.

When an emergency call is received at the A&E communication centre, an ambulance or Rapid Response Vehicle is dispatched as soon as possible.  At the same time a Community First Responder, on-call in the area, can be alerted with the relevant details and asked to assist at the 999 incident.

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