Call for community life-savers

First responder training - wilberfoss community centre -'Neil Marsay (Community defribulator officer) demonstrates how to administer oxygen to Tom Stalker, with Tracy and Nick Stevens, Allan Tyler, Alan Tharratt and Sarah Hartas
First responder training - wilberfoss community centre -'Neil Marsay (Community defribulator officer) demonstrates how to administer oxygen to Tom Stalker, with Tracy and Nick Stevens, Allan Tyler, Alan Tharratt and Sarah Hartas

LIFE-SAVERS are wanted for a local scheme which offers invaluable assistance in medical emergencies.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is appealing to community-minded people in and around the Pocklington area to become Community First Responders.

Recruits will become part of voluntary schemes, co-ordinated 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 Pocklington itself and the villages of Wilberfoss, Stamford Bridge and Elvington.

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.

Volunteers will help provide round-the-clock coverage, working to a rota in which the life-saving equipment is passed to them during their shift.

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.

A training course is being run at Wilberfoss Village Hall this Sunday, 27 February, from 9am to 5pm. For more details phone 0845 120 3155 or email ben.rushworth@yas.nhs.uk