Call for community’s help with life-saving scheme

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A life-saving community first responder scheme in Brighouse is seeking volunteers from the community to help deliver emergency care.

The responders are volunteers who provide immediate care to members of their local communities in an emergency situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

John Spikings, community defibrillation trainer for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in West Yorkshire, who run the scheme, said: “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.

“Volunteers come from all walks of life. Many volunteer 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.

“Being a 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 and with no more than three penalty points.

Anyone interested can find out more by emailing responders@yas.nhs.uk or by phoning 0845 120 3155.