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Plans Unveiled for Life-Saving Initiative in Knottingley

18 May 2009

A Community First Responder Scheme for residents who need emergency medical aid could soon be launched in Knottingley.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is appealing for volunteers to join the scheme to provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local community in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

They are qualified to deal with emergency medical situations such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse and are trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy and in the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) - which delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart.

Members of the YAS Network Response team will be at Knottingley Sports Centre between 10am and 3pm on Friday 22 May 2009 to offer further information about the scheme and to recruit community-minded locals. 

Sharron Martin, Community Defibrillation Trainer for YAS in West Yorkshire, said: “Community First Responders make a valuable contribution to their communities. 

“We know that in many medical emergencies, such as a heart attack, the first few minutes are critical.  If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

“Many people volunteer with us 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.

“Being part of this scheme can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to get in touch.”

Full training, which is regularly updated with refresher courses, is given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence.  Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on candidates.

YAS currently has over 1700 volunteer Community First Responder which make up 229 schemes across its catchment area.

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