The Welsh Ambulance Service has brought Community First Responders (CFR) in North Wales together for the first time at a workshop event to share best practice and meet frontline ambulance crews
The event, held at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay, involved 12 CFR teams and comprised of a mixture of refresher training and ‘live play’ scenarios including casualties needing various forms of treatment.
Members of staff from the Welsh Ambulance Service attended in support of the training enabling CFRs to have an insight into working alongside professional frontline ambulance personnel.
“It was an excellent day,” commented David Evans from Harlech CFRs. “We thoroughly enjoyed the assessment and training. The opportunity to work with professional ambulance staff and other CFRs from across North Wales enabled us to share best practice and encouragement was a great experience and makes us feel valued.”
Event organiser, Claire Hurford of the Welsh Ambulance Service Joint Resilience Unit and CFR Team Manager in Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, added: “Workshop events such as these make common sense and provide the opportunity for CFR teams to work with frontline medics in the service. The day enabled volunteers to gain confidence and experience in the field.”
"Community First Responders are an important and valuable partner of the Welsh Ambulance Service and play a vital role alongside frontline ambulance staff in making sure patients receive help quickly and efficiently.”
If you are interested in becoming a first responder, more information is available on the Trust website at: www.ambulance.wales.nhs.uk