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New Recruits Wanted to Boost Life-Saving Schemes in York

14 February 2011

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is appealing to community-minded locals in and around the York area to become life-saving Community First Responders.

Recruits will become part of voluntary schemes, 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.

New recruits are particularly sought after for existing schemes in York, Selby and Pocklington and the surrounding villages of Easingwold, Great Ouseburn, Stamford Bridge, Wilberfoss, Bishopthorpe, Elvington, Skipwith, Brayton, Church Fenton and Snaith.

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.

Ben Rushworth, Community Defibrillation Trainer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service in North Yorkshire, 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.”

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. 

Representatives from Yorkshire Ambulance Service are running a free two day training course in Wilberfoss on 20 and 27 February 2011 for any new recruits.

To find out more or to join a scheme in your local area, please contact Ben Rushworth at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, tel: 0845 120 3155 or email: ben.rushworth@yas.nhs.uk 

Did you know...

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.

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