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Air ambulance appeal for first responders volunteers in Ilkley
11:50am Sunday 29th September 2013 in Local news
Yorkshire Ambulance Service is looking for volunteers in Ilkley and the surrounding areas to join the Community First Responder scheme.
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 cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) which delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart. First Responders also carry portable oxygen. Dave Jones, community defibrillation officer for Yorkshire Ambulance Service in West Yorkshire, said: “Community First Responders make a valuable contribution to their communities. “We know 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 First Responder can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to get in touch.”
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. Anyone interested should e-mail Dave.Jones@yas.nhs.uk or on 0845 120 3155.