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First Responders playing a vital role in our communitiesFriday, 27 July 2012
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has praised the work of Community First Responders at an Awareness Raising event at the Welsh Government's office in Llandudno Junction.
The Minister had a chance to meet and talk with members of the Llandudno Junction team, which is made up of Welsh Government staff, as well as First Responders from the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay teams.
Community First Responders are volunteers who are trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to administer basic first aid, oxygen therapy and the use of a defibrillator. They respond to emergency calls in their local area through the 999 system in conjunction with the Welsh Ambulance Service.
The Llandudno Junction team based at the Welsh Government's office in the town was established in November last year with a team of six Welsh Government officials, this has increased in the last month to ten, and having recently secured a second defibrillator, can now run two teams from the office.
The Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Community First Responder Team have been in existence for over four years.
Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:
Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, Elwyn Price-Morris, said:
Approximately 1,500 people have been trained as Community First Responders in Wales by the Welsh Ambulance Service.
Source: Welsh Assembly Government