Wednesday 4th January 2017 – 12.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
Would you like to join West Midlands Ambulance Service’s growing band of volunteer lifesavers?
We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits in Herefordshire in postcodes HR1-HR9 inclusive and WR15 to join our next Community First Responders (CFRs) training course.
Interviews will take place on January 24th and successful applicants will then attend a nationally recognised training course spanning three weekends over an six week period in February 2017. The course will cover Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’.
CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.
CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest and trauma when every minute counts.
To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence, be physically fit and be self motivated. Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 208 hours service to their community per year.
West Midlands Ambulance Service will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as we will provide the training.
To apply, please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for job reference 217-VN-CFR002-16-17. Applications close on Thursday, January 12th.