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Volunteers Needed for Community Team 

26 March 2012

LIFE-SAVING volunteers in the Snainton and Ryedale area are holding an event to tell people living within their local community about their work alongside the region’s ambulance service. 

The event, held on Tuesday 27 March 2012 at 7pm at Snainton Village Hall, has been organised in a bid to also attract others in the area to join the valuable Community First Responder Scheme coordinated and supported by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. 









Local volunteers will be joined by representatives from the ambulance service and will talk to local residents about what it means to be part of the Community First Responder scheme which provides immediate medical care to members of the community in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Community First Responders are trained by the ambulance in basic life-support, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy and 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 clinicians, including many suffering cardiac arrest.

Julian Rutherford, a Community First Responder in Snainton, said: “This is a vital service run by the community for the community and local people have already benefited from the almost immediate response. Being part of this scheme is very fulfilling and I would recommend it to anyone.”

Neil Marsay, one the ambulance service’s Community Defibrillation Officers is urging anyone who is interested to attend the event and find out more. He 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.

“As volunteers are based within the community, they may only be a minute or two away from a medical emergency and very often their role is to simply provide vital reassurance to patients and their families until ambulance clinicians arrive. However, in extreme cases, such as a heart attack, they can perform CPR or use their defibrillator to restart someone’s heart which could save a life.

“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."

Full training is given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence (having never been banned from driving or have more than three penalty points). Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on candidates.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Community First Responder Scheme can contact Neil Marsay at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, tel: on 0845 120 3155 or email responders@yas.nhs.uk


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