St John Ambulance searching for more first aid volunteers

Katie Quinn, St John Ambulance community first responder, calls for more people to join the first aid charity.

Katie Quinn, St John Ambulance community first responder, calls for more people to join the first aid charity.

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A Leeds nursing student who volunteers as a community first responder for St John Ambulance is urging others to join the first aid charity.

Katie Quinn, from Otley, is using National Volunteers’ Week to tell people why it’s worth giving up spare time for an organisation that saves lives.

The Leeds University first year student became a community first responder (CFR) with the Otley unit of the charity in 2014.

CFRs provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

Katie, 20, said: “St John Ambulance gives you really good first aid training and you learn the skills I think everyone should have.

“Some people may have seen CPR done on the television, but wouldn’t have the confidence to do it because they haven’t practised it.

“With this job, you give something back to the community and are there for people that need help in the worst situations.

“In addition to my CFR work, I have had two off-duty incidents already and being able to help gives you a great feeling.”

As well as CFRs, St John Ambulance is looking for volunteer

first aiders, doctors, nurses and cycle responders.

The charity provides comprehensive first aid training at weekly meetings and on courses.

Once trained, volunteers give first aid support at a wide range of public events, from village fairs to football matches, marathons and pop concerts.

For more information, visit sja.org.uk. Alternatively you can call 01924 262726 and select option 4.

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