First responder volunteers needed in Pyle, Maesteg and Porthcawl

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PEOPLE in Bridgend are being urged to help those in distress — by becoming a first responder.

The Welsh Ambulance Service has issued a call for people to come forward and is keen to recruit in Maesteg, Porthcawl, Pyle and Kenfig Hill.

First responders are volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls and give first hand emergency care to people in their own community.

All volunteers will be trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

They will be taught to administer basic first aid, oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use a defibrillator to keep someone alive.

First responders do not replace the normal response of a paramedic in a rapid response car or an emergency ambulance, but if on scene will support the patient until the paramedic arrives.

Training for the latest batch of community first responders in this area begins this month.

Stephen Roberts, regional first responder officer, said: “Every second counts when you are trying to save someone’s life, and community first responder schemes are hugely beneficial in helping the ambulance service provide the best possible pre-hospital care for patients.

“Many of our volunteers have taken experiences that life has thrown at them, such as seeing a loved one suffer a heart attack, and have moulded them into a positive outlook to help family, friends and neighbours.

“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.”

Community first responders play an important role alongside frontline ambulance staff in making sure patients get appropriate help quickly and efficiently, explained chief executive at the Welsh Ambulance Service, Elwyn Price-Morris.

“Community first responders are a key partner in the chain of survival and very much part of the whole Welsh Ambulance Service family,” he added.

Visit for more information, or email amb_first.responder.central for an application pack.

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