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Town’s First Responders seeks new volunteers
A VOLUNTEER group which is often first on the scene in medical emergencies in Knutsford is appealing for more volunteers.
The Knutsford Community First Responders group was formed in 2002, and has been an ever present in the Knutsford area since.
The group works with the North West Ambulance Service to preserve someone’s life, to prevent the condition of the patient getting worse and to promote recovery – the three basic elements of first aid.
Members of the group are trained up by the NWAS, and normally volunteer around 16 hours a month in helping out if there is a medical emergency.
When a 999 call is made to the ambulance service, if a volunteer responder is available and nearer that volunteer is dispatched as well as the ambulance.
The group held an awareness event in Booths on Friday, and is on a recruitment drive to gain more volunteers.
Stuart Willis, from Knutsford First Responders, told the Guardian no previous medical experience or training is necessary in becoming part of the team.
“There is a great feeling of pride when someone in the street stops you and says thanks for coming to my aid,” he said.
“No previous medical training or experience is necessary as all of the training is given over a weekend by the NWAS, and the existing team members are more than willing to help you fit into the role.”
If you would like to know more visit knutsfordfirst responders.org.uk and speak to them about the possibility of becoming a volunteer community first responder.
l Have you encountered Knutsford’s First Responders? Have they helped you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to hear about the stories behind their work.
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