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Make the Difference: Volunteer as a Community First Responder in Bilton, Kingswood and Hessle.

10 November 2017

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) is calling for new volunteers to become Community First Responders (CFRs) in Bilton, Kingswood and Hessle.

Community First Responders are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

They are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and carry an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and oxygen, as well as basic first aid equipment. No previous medical experience is required.

Tom Render, Community Defibrillation Trainer for YAS in East Yorkshire, said: “Community First Responders make a valuable contribution to their communities.  We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical.  If effective treatment can be performed within those first minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced. Being a Community First Responder can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to get in touch.

“Many people volunteer as a Community First Responder to gain experience, to help their local communities and some people have had personal experience of a loved one needing prompt medical attention and can see the value in this initiative. Volunteers come from all walks of life.”

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 with no more than three penalty points.  YAS also runs Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks on candidates.

Anyone interested can find out more by contacting the Community Resilience Team on 0333 1300516 or email responders@yas.nhs.uk

ENDS

Notes to Editor:
1. Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,450 emergency and routine calls per day and employs over 5,000 staff.

2. The Patient Transport Service made over one million journeys in 2016-17 transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments. The Trust’s NHS 111 service helped 1.5 million patients across Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during 2016-17.

3. More than 270,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year, about a third of who 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.

Issued by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Press Office

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department