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Life-savers wanted in Balby

27 April 2010

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

Recruits will become part of a voluntary scheme in the area 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.

Warren Bostock, 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.”

A number of Community First Responder schemes currently operate across Doncaster in locations such as Armthorpe, Askern, Auckley, Branton, Bawtry, Finningley, Hatfield, Rossington, Skellow, Stainforth and Rossington.

Full training is given to successful applicants who must be over the age of 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence (having never been banned from driving with no penalty points). Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Criminal Records Bureau checks on candidates.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Warren Bostock at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, tel: 0845 120 3155 or email,  warren.bostock@yas.nhs.uk

Full training will be given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence, having never been banned from driving with no more than three penalty points. Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on candidates.

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.

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