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aussiewelshman
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Posted - 18/03/2009 :  21:33:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tredegar First Responders Ambulance Volunteers Buy New Equipment
Source - WalesOnLine

SUPERSTAR rocker Jon Bon Jovi and the Welsh rugby team have helped kit out a team of Welsh Ambulance Service volunteer lifesavers from Tredegar.

The eight members of Tredegar First Responders are all from the St John Ambulance Brigade. They have used funds from their attendance at major Millennium Stadium events, such as the American rocker’s gig and the Grand Slam-winning team’s matches, to pay for their new equipment.
This includes defibrillators (electric shock machines) and oxygen equipment – but now they need more help locally, as Steve Searle, of St John, explains.
“We have been going since 2006 and we do get called out a lot, but if we had more volunteers then we would be able to do even more,” he said.
First Responders are a nationwide network made up of members of the public who are ready, willing and able to provide expert medical treatment in the precious seconds before an ambulance arrives.
St John-based responder groups are trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service and the St John Ambulance Brigade. The Tredegar group have their own dedicated team trainer manager in the form of Ambulance Service paramedic Paul Whyatt.
Steve added: “For historic reasons to do with mining and steel-making, this area has a lot of people with heart and lung problems – it’s heart attack central.
“That’s why it’s so important to recruit more people for what is a vital service which complements what the emergency ambulances do.
“It’s a case of being there on the doorstep – it is all about providing a service to the local community and it is very rewarding.
“We come from all walks of life. We have people who work in the Health Service, students and office workers.”
This was underlined by paramedic Paul Whyatt, who said: “Specialist training for members of the public in basic life-support skills can and does save lives.
“The First Responder scheme does not, in any way, replace emergency services but is a valuable and important resource which can be vital in the first few minutes of a life-threatening situation.
“The earlier someone suffering from a cardiac arrest receives defibrillation, the greater the chance of survival.”
“We teach people very simple, basic procedures. They are effective – and they work.
“People normally don’t die of a cut finger or a broken leg, but you will die if your heart stops and the patient left with no immediate intervention. It’s as simple as that.”

Anyone interested in joining the First Responders can attend one of their regular meetings at The Promenade in Tredegar at 7pm every Wednesday.

aussiewelshman
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Posted - 21/03/2009 :  06:15:57 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tredegar First-Aiders Want New Members
Source - South Wales Argus

NEW members are sought by a lifesaving group in north Gwent, to help boost their volunteer work on the frontline of healthcare.

There are eight members of the Tredegar First Responders group, trained to provide vital early treatment for patients in their area on occasions when they get reach the scene earlier than an ambulance.
Current members are all St John Ambulance Brigade volunteers, and have used funds from attendance at major events at Cardiff's Millennium stadium to pay for gear, including defibrillators and oxygen equipment.
"We've been going since 2006 and get called out a lot, but if we had more volunteers we would be able to do even more," said group member Steve Searle.
"For historic reasons to do with mining and steelmaking this area has a lot of people with heart and lung problems. That's why it's so important to recruit more people for what is a vital service which complements what the emergency ambulances do."
To become a First Responder you must be over 18, be physically fit and hold a clean UK driving licence.
Anyone interested in joining the Tredegar group may contact St John Ambulance in Cardiff on 029 2044 9507, attend one of the regular meetings at The Promenade, Tredegar at 7pm every Wednesday, or contact Tony Rossetti on 029 2093 2917.
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