Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is looking for volunteers in this area to boost numbers on the local Community First Responder schemes.

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. The Community First Responders also carry portable oxygen, to assist with other conditions such as breathing difficulties, stroke etc.

Patricia Kilner, Community Defibrillation Trainer for YAS, said: “Community First Responders make a valuable contribution to their communities. 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. Being a Community First Responder can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to contact us”.

“Many people 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. Volunteers come from all walks of life, young and older, working or retired, from teachers and drivers to shop keepers and army sergeants!”

Full training will be given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence. YAS will also run Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks and Occupational Health checks on candidates.

We are particularly looking for volunteers in:, Withernsea; Easington; Keyingham, Roos, Hedon.

Anyone requiring further details please contact Patricia Kilner, Community Defibrillation Trainer on 07789 271071 or p.kilner@nhs.net