Paull – Could you be a Community First Responder lifesaver?
|September 17, 2012||Filled under Community, HealthWatch, Paull|
WOULD YOU be interested in volunteering some time to train and potentially become a life-saver in Paull?
Following some discussion a few weeks ago on the Paull Village Hall Facebook page about Community First Responders, in which people had said they were interested in a village scheme, then steps have been taken to assess what interests exists.
Volunteer community first responders are trained by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend a variety of emergency situations which might involve cardiac arrests, chest pain, choking, breathing problems and allergic reactions.
Volunteers will make themselves available on call to suit their personal circumstances. In cases of emergency they will receive a call to action when an ambulance has been despatched. Responders are trained in the effective use of an automated external Defibrillator, oxygen, and a standard first aid kit. In Paull, which is only a small village, then locally based Responders could potentially attend emergency situations within minutes.
“The role of a Responder in the vital moments before an ambulance arrives can save a life – chances of survival decrease by 10% with each minute a person’s heart stops beating. But more often the Responder will offer reassurance to someone in distress and simply giving oxygen can make a big difference.” - Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Volunteers would need to commit to attending training events and the aim of a Paull Community First Responder team would be to have someone available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year! But based on the time that the volunteers are able to give.
Keyingham Community First Responders group is a local award-winning team, Duncan Kirk the coordinator of that group is willing to work with Paull residents to help a village scheme get started.
The Paull Village Hall newsletter has recently been circulated in the village containing an appeal for those interested in volunteering to contact Paul Cross on 07711 797 200 to register their names and interest. A minimum of 6 volunteers would be needed to make a viable scheme.
HU12 Online hopes to be able to help support and promote the establishment of a Paull Community First Responders scheme, providing there is sufficient interest in the village.