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New Recruits Needed to Boost Life-Saving Schemes in Stokesley and Great Ayton

16 July 2010

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is appealing to community-minded locals in Stokesley and Great Ayton to become life-saving Community First Responders.

Recruits will become part of an existing voluntary scheme, coordinated and supported by the ambulance service, which provides immediate medical care to members of the community in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Community First Responders are trained in basic life-support, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy. They are equipped with a kit which includes oxygen and an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help patients in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, collapse or breathing difficulties.

Over 2,500 dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers work alongside Yorkshire Ambulance Service and, last year, attended more than 5,700 patients with life-threatening conditions alongside ambulance crews, including many suffering cardiac arrest.

Stokesley Community First Responder Megan Gamesby recently used her skills to help save the life of a local resident who was suffering from a heart attack. She said: “This is a vital service run by the community for the community. It has already proved its worth and local people have already benefited from the immediate response. Being part of this scheme is very fulfilling and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Patrick Murphy, Community Defibrillation Trainer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said:  “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and if effective treatment can be performed within those minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

“Being part of this initiative can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in helping their local community to take on the role.”

Representatives from Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be at Stokesley Town Hall, Market Place, on Friday 23 July 2010 between 6:30pm and 8.30pm and residents who are interested in finding out more about the scheme are urged to attend. 

Anyone wanting to apply to join the scheme at this time will need to have their driving licence (photo card and counterpart), passport if they hold one, two utility bills for address verification and national insurance number.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service will provide full training to successful applicants who must be over the age of 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence. Candidates will also be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check. 

For further information contact Patrick Murphy, tel: 07824 407955 or email: patrick.murphy@yas.nhs.uk

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