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Community First Responders Event In Bridlington

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Published by Karen Liu at 7:02am 25th May 2019.

There is an information event in Bridlington today for anyone interested in becoming a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

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.

Potential CFRs are invited to find out more about the role during an event today (Saturday 25th May) from 2pm to 7pm at Bridlington Ambulance Station.

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).

Patricia Kilner, a Community Defibrillator Trainer, said:

"They work in a three mile radius of where their scheme is plotted.

They're basically there to start the process as our crews are on their way at the same time.

The fact that the person is in that community, means they might get there within a minute whereas an ambulance might take up to eight minutes, maybe.

We need people who are prepared to come onto our training course and keep retraining with us and let us support them int he role.

People are volunteers, they're well trained and they do save lives.

It's genuinely a life-saving skill." 

Craig Allison, Locality Manager 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.

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."

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

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