Responders seek public response
4:53pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A BARRY-BASED Welsh Ambulance Service community first responder was recently despatched to one of Wales’ leading agriculture shows to reign in would-be volunteers.
Regional First Responder Officer Tony Rossetti and Community First Responder Bryan Foley, of Barry, recruited volunteers from the Barry Rotary Club stand at the one-day Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural show last week.
The duo aimed to encourage more members of the public to become a community first responder.
First responders are volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls and give basic first aid to people in their own community.
Volunteers are trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to administer oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use of a defibrillator in the community in which they live until an ambulance resource arrives to take over.
Tony said: “First Responders play an important role alongside frontline ambulance staff in making sure patients get appropriate help quickly and efficiently.
“You can make a big difference by just carrying out a few simple skills that we can teach you. If you are proud of the community in which you live, becoming a first responder can really help the heart of your village or town keeping beating long into the future.”
Also at the Fonmon Castle event were Richard Lee, Head of Clinical Services at the Welsh Ambulance Service, and Medical Devices Manager Jon Wilson, who joined forces with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru on its stand to demonstrate life-saving CPR to the crowds.