Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is looking for volunteers in Boston Spa, Thorp Arch and the surrounding areas to join its community first responder scheme.
Community first responders are volunteers who provide immediate life-saving care to 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. First responders also carry portable oxygen.
Community defibrillation officer for YAS in West Yorkshire Dave Jones 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 first responder can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in taking on the role to get in touch.
“Many people volunteer to gain experience, or 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.”
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 with no more than three penalty points. Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on candidates.
Anyone interested can find out more from Mr Jones, at Dave.Jones@yas.nhs.uk