A NEW community first responder scheme has been launched in Whitby.
A team of volunteers, specially trained and supported by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will operate in the town.
The aim is to provide immediate medical care to members of the community in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives on the scene.
These people are called ‘community first responders’ that live and work in the community and have been trained in basic life support, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy.
They are equipped with a kit which will aid patients in a medical emergency.
The kit includes oxygen and an automated external defibrillator (AED) which will help support the patients until ambulance clinicians arrive.
Steven Bunt, co-ordinator of the scheme in Whitby, said: “I’m really pleased that Whitby has gained this additional life-saving service”.
Following an appeal over the summer, the ambulance service gained eight new recruits who have now all completed their training and have started attending emergency calls in the town.
Mr Bunt, who was instrumental in helping set up the team, added: “Yorkshire Ambulance Service has provided some great advice and support to help us establish this scheme.
“I would especially like to thank Jayne Scott from the trust for the excellent training and encouragement”.
Jayne Scott, community defibrillation trainer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical.
“If effective treatment can be performed within those minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced”.
The Yorkshire Ambulance Service provides 24 hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people.
The organisation receives an average of 1,900 emergency calls a day.
Jayne added: “Being part of this initiative can be extremely rewarding and I would encourage anyone who may be interested in helping their local community to take on the role.”
Anyone interested in becoming a community first responder in Whitby please call Jayne on: 07880558359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org