Appeal for Volunteer Community First Responders in the Craven Area

06 September 2019

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is calling for new volunteers to become Community First Responders (CFRs) in the Craven area.

CFRs attend medical emergencies in their community and provide vital care, comfort and reassurance in the moments before an 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.

Sharron Stoyles, Community Defibrillation Trainer for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “CFRs make an extremely valuable contribution to their communities. We know that in many medical emergencies, such as a heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be given within those first minutes, lives can be saved.

“We have an established scheme in the Craven area but volunteer numbers are quite low and we could really do with more volunteers so we can provide additional cover.

“CFRs come from all walks of life and volunteer for a variety of reasons. Many people find it rewarding to help people in need and give something back, while others benefit from learning new skills, meeting new people and becoming more connected with their local community.”

Full training is provided for the role and there is support every step of the way. You simply need to be aged over 18 and have held a full driving licence for more than 12 months (with no more than three penalty points).

If you would like more information, phone 0333 130 0516, email yas.responders@nhs.netor visit www.communityresponders.yas.nhs.uk

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