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Life-Saving Volunteers Needed in the York Area

30 September 2010

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is appealing to community-minded locals in and around York to become life-savers. 

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.

Volunteers are particularly sought for existing schemes in Stamford Bridge, York, Dringhouses, Elvington, Bishopthorpe, Wilberfoss, Easingwold and Coxwold.

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.

The ambulance service is running a two-day course on 2 and 3 October 2010 for anyone interested in joining any of the schemes. To find out more, please contact Neil Marsay, tel: 0845 120 3155 or email, responders@yas.nhs.uk

The Trust 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. 

Did you know...

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.

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