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Community First Responders are 'a key part' in the chain of survival

People living in the Bridgend area are being encouraged to take part in the Welsh Ambulance Service's First Responder Scheme.

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 community.

The Trust is especially keen to recruit in Maesteg, Porthcawl, Pyle and Kenfig Hill.

Every second counts when you're 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.

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.

– Stephen Roberts, Regional First Responder Officer

Bridgend residents encouraged to become Community First Responders

The volunteers will learn CPR, oxygen therapy, basic first aid and how to use a defibrillator Credit: PA

The Welsh Ambulance Service is appealing to people in the Bridgend area to make a difference to family, friends or neighbours in distress, by becoming a Community First Responder.

The Trust is especially 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 to administer basic first aid, and things like CPR.

Their role does not replace the normal response of a paramedic, but is designed to support the patient until the paramedic arrives.

Training for the latest batch of Community First Responders in this area begins in May.

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