Jon Wilson (back left), Medical Devices Manager at the Welsh Ambulance Service, and Head of Clinical Services Richard Lee with BHF Cymru staff on the stand.
THE Welsh Ambulance Service has been on a recruitment drive at one of Wales’ leading agricultural shows.
Staff were at The Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show in a bid 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.
All volunteers will also be trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to administer oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of a defibrillator in the community in which they live until an ambulance resource arrives to take over.
Regional First Responder Officer Tony Rossetti and Community First Responder Bryan Foley were recruiting volunteers from the Barry Rotary Club stand at the one-day event, which draws more than 20,000 people annually.
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.
BHF Cymru was promoting its No Time To Wait appeal, a Wales-wide fundraising initiative to enable more people to be trained in emergency life-support skills and to place more defibrillators in locations across Wales, with help from the Welsh Ambulance Service.
Richard said: “Once somebody suffers a cardiac arrest every minute counts. As well as good quality CPR the patient needs to be treated with a defibrillator. We are delighted to support BHF Cymru’s No Time To Wait appeal, which aims to increase the number of people who can provide CPR and highlight the need for defibrillators in public places.
“We taught visitors at the event how to administer CPR and how easy it is to use a defibrillator. Hopefully they went away feeling confident that they could give someone a fighting chance of survival in a real emergency.”