Emergency Services

The South Central Ambulance Charity run the Wokingham Community First Responders are a group of volunteers who are trained by to preserve life and promote recovery in an emergency situation, by getting to the patient before the ambulance arrives. Community First Responders (CFRs) use lifesaving skills, such as the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), to provide early and often vital intervention for patients suffering life threatening emergencies in the immediate vicinity of where they live or work. Once an ambulance crew arrives at the scene, CFRs work alongside a clinically qualified practitioner. Volunteers do not need previous first aid experience as full training is provided.  Volunteers must a driving licence and access to a car and be willing to commit to 20 hours per month.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. They are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. They enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, they help them to recover and move on with their lives. The British Red Cross is looking to recruit volunteers to provide First aid at events with a team of First Aiders, or offering support to First Aiders e.g. paperwork, driving vehicles, setting up or taking down equipment used at events. The volunteer needs compassion, patience and good communication skills. Basic Red Cross training is compulsory. Additional training is offered to suit the volunteer’s needs. The hours are flexible. Attendance at Red Cross centre evening meetings is required. Commitment can be varied as it covers events which may be daytime or evening, the volunteer chooses. Volunteers must be aged 15 and above.

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