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Volunteer plea for First Responders.

A recruitment drive has been launched to encourage more people to train and work as volunteer First Responders. The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust is hoping to find volunteers to join 25 schemes across South East Wales. Volunteers will be trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to carry out basic life saving skills, to recognise cardiac conditions, perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to use a defibrillator.

First Responder schemes are a valuable additional resource for communities and provide swift emergency help before an ambulance can arrive.

They do not replace existing emergency ambulance services.

There are more than 70 First Responder Schemes in Wales but the Welsh Ambulance Service wants to increase this number and ensure that more communities have the ability to gain access to CPR and defibrillator training.

The earlier someone suffering from a heart attack receives defibrillation, the greater the chance of survival.

Tony Rossetti, First Responder Officer, said, 'Every second counts when you are trying to save someone's life and First Res- ponder schemes are hugely beneficial in assisting the ambulance service to provide the best possible pre-hospital care for patients.

'All training for volunteers who wish to take part in such an initiative is provided by the Welsh Ambulance Service and we look forward to delivering more schemes across South East Wales.'

Volunteers are needed in Caerphilly, Senghenydd, Abertridwr, Newport, St Julians, Rogerstone, Mountain Ash, Penrhiwceiber, Abercynon, Monmouth, Chepstow, Caldicot, Usk, Abergavenny, Penarth, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge, Risca, Cross Keys, Pontyclun, Llantrisant, Talbot Green, Treherbert, Blaencwm and Maerdy.

To become a First Responder you must be between 18 and 70 years old, be physically fit and hold a clean UK driving licence.

Applicants will also undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check before being registered.

For more information about becoming a First Responder contact Tony Rossetti on 07734 744819.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 9, 2006
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