Residents to be lifesavers

Dawn Proctor, co-ordinator for the Gleadless area and Brendon Mulkerrin
Dawn Proctor, co-ordinator for the Gleadless area and Brendon Mulkerrin
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A lifesaving scheme being rolled out in areas of South Yorkshire is appealing for volunteers to help it succeed.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s community first responder scheme is being launched in Chapeltown and High Green in Sheffield, Carcroft in Doncaster, Rawmarsh in Rotherham and Grimesthorpe in Barnsley.

The responders provide immediate medical care to people in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Residents living in the areas where the scheme is being introduced are being urged to sign up and volunteer at least four hours a week to be on call from their home.

They will be provided with basic life-support training and are given a kit which includes oxygen and an automated external defibrillator to help patients in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, collapse or breathing difficulties.

Brendon Mulkerrin, community defibrillation trainer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We know that in many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical and if effective treatment can be performed within those minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced.

Mr Mulkerrin, aged 39, is also a community first responder for the City Road area of Sheffield.

He said: “Being part of this initiative can be rewarding and I encourage anyone who may be interested in helping their local community to take on the role.”

More than 50 schemes currently operate across South Yorkshire.

Applicants must be over 18, physically fit and have held a full driving licence for at least a year with no more than three penalty points.

To apply, call 0845 120 3155 or email responders@yas.nhs.uk