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A call is being made for big-hearted Flintshire community carers to step up and make a positive difference for a friend or neighbour in need.

Four new Community First Responder teams are being established in the county by the Welsh Ambulance Service. These will be based at Mold, Flint, Holywell and in the Buckley/ Mynydd Isa area.

Every volunteer who signs up to be an active first responder, will learn how to administer advanced first aid skills, carry out the recognition of cardiac conditions, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of a defibrillator, until an ambulance resource reaches the incident to take over.

Welsh Ambulance Service First Responders are also carrying out their role in 2011 under a brand new identity. The Trust has designed a new badge for the first responders, depicting the Welsh dragon wrapped around Wales and a heart, encompassing the ethos of teams who are at the heart of communities across the principality.

New educational leaflets and posters are being made available to the Flintshire public to promote the scheme and encourage people to step forward and help build the new teams.

If you are interested in joining one of the new teams, more information is available on the Trust website at: Community First Responders. You can also download an application form here - please send them back to:

Regional Office,
Wrexham Ambulance Station,
Ruthin Road,
LL13 7TU

For an informal discussion contact the regional office on 01978 366 204.

Notes for Editors:
• There are currently more than 100 First Responder Schemes in Wales.
• First Responders receive training from a local Paramedic or Technician acting as Team Manager.
• Every six months each First Responder will undergo a reassessment.
• Recognition is given to organisations and individuals who have helped and supported the delivery of all recognised First responder schemes.
• To become a First Responder the minimum age is 18, you must be physically fit and also hold a full driving licence.
• First Responders are required as an individual to provide a minimum of five hours of availability per week

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