Volunteer life-saver roles still available in Shropshire

Thursday 13th July 2017 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

There’s still time to apply to help save lives in your local community in your spare time.

We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits to become volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) in Shropshire, particularly South East Shropshire.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. Trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level, CFRs will learn basic life support and how to use a defibrillator as well as how to deal with a range of medical and traumatic emergencies. CFRs then spend time training alongside ambulance staff before going ‘live’.

When CFRs book on for their voluntary shift, the Trust’s control room will respond them to medical emergencies in their local community while an ambulance is en-route. CFRs are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, when every minute really does count.

Cliff Medlicott, the Trust’s Community Response Manager in Shropshire, said: “We’ve already had a great response to the previous advertisement on NHS Jobs but are still keen to receive applications from people in communities in the South East area of Shropshire. To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence. If you are successful in your application and selection process, we will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided. If you want to make a real difference in your local community, this is definitely something to consider. You never know, you could help save a life!”

To find out more and to apply, please visit NHS Jobs via www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for ‘Community First Responder’.  The closing date for application has been extended until Sunday 23rd July.

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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