Created: 04 January 2019
Last night, Andrew attended the Goole Community First Responder Scheme (CFR) meeting where he, and other first responders, received their latest update from Warren Bostock, Community Defibrillation Officer (North and East Yorkshire) from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS).
Andrew has been an active first responder for a number of years now, and was on duty over the busy Christmas period.
Following the CFR meeting, Andrew said “I was glad to attend our Goole Community First Responder Scheme meeting last night and would like to thank Warren from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service for giving us our latest update.
“I have been an active First Responder in the Goole area for many years since I set the scheme up during my first term as our MP. First Responders are a fully integrated part of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and when on duty we are dispatched to serious incidents such as cardiac arrests, strokes, breathing difficulties, heart attacks etc. We do not go instead of an ambulance, but as well as. Often we can arrive first due to being local, meaning that we can provide patients with support quickly, resulting in better patient outcomes.
“Like many first responders, I did quite a bit of duty over the Christmas period and found myself quite busy! I haven't been able to do as much duty in the past year or so due to the pressures and shenanigans of Parliament recently, so it was great to be back on the front line. It was also a good reminder of the pressure our ambulance crews are under.
“We need more volunteers for the Goole scheme so that we can provide more cover. It’s an incredibly rewarding scheme – you can make a massive difference in your local area by helping to save lives. If you are interested in joining our scheme, please get in touch as we are hoping to increase our volunteers locally. No previous medical training is necessary as you will be trained by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) in basic life support skills, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and the administration of oxygen.”
In order to become a community first responder you need the following:
· Be willing to be on call regularly from home
· Be aged 18 or older
· Hold a valid, full UK driving licence with no more than three penalty points
· Have access to a car
· Be prepared to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check
· Be prepared to undertake occupational health screening
· Be prepared to take our CFR course.
Photo - Andrew with Warren Bostock of the YAS