Our volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They find time to save the lives of their neighbours whilst going about their normal routines. Once they are trained by the Northwest Ambulance Service they become part of a local team and together with the others volunteers they go out and respond to 999 calls at the same time that the ambulance is called.
Volunteers could be called to incidents of the following nature:
- Abdominal pain
- Allergic reaction
- Breathing problems
- Diabetic emergency
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- Cardiac arrest
- Respiratory arrest
Whilst attending an incident they will provide care and support to the patient. They will monitor the patient’s pulse, oxygen level and administer oxygen if the patient’s condition requires.
They will apply bandages and dressings to wounds if an injury has occurred and monitor the patient's condition whilst awaiting an ambulance.
In more serious cases such as cardiac arrest they will start CPR and, if required, deliver an electric shock using an automated defibrillator in an attempt to restore the heart to a normal rhythm.
All this is done in their own time, as a group we have to raise funds in order to kit our volunteers out with the essential equipment they need to attend these jobs.