20 January 2017 - Whalley residents encouraged to learn vital life-saving skills

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) is holding a special community event to give local people the opportunity to learn vital life-saving skills and find out more about the Trust’s Community First Responders (CFRs).

CFR event in WhalleyThe free event will be held at Whalley Methodist Church on King Street, Whalley, from 9.30am until 12pm on Saturday 28 January 2017. Staff and volunteers will be giving basic first aid training and live demonstrations. Attendees can find out who their local CFRs are, and if they wish, find out how to become one. There will also be the opportunity to explore an emergency vehicle, try out the CPR challenge and learn about free ‘HeartStart’ training courses, run by the British Heart Foundation to teach CPR and other emergency life-saving skills.

Darren Cabaniuk, Paramedic Community Resuscitation Development Officer, said: “Community events like this one in Whalley really do contribute to saving lives – the more people trained in basic life-saving skills, the greater the chances of someone being able to help before the ambulance arrives.”

“Community First Responders are a vital part of our service and I’d encourage as many people as possible to find out more about them and the difference they can make.”

CFRs are volunteers who give their time freely to help care for people and save lives in their community. They are everyday members of the general public who are trained to deal with a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions until the arrival of an ambulance.

The role is said to be incredibly rewarding as responders could well end up saving someone's life. Many villages where schemes exist show great community spirit knowing that there are people there who could be lifesavers.

For more information about the Whalley event contact Darren Cabaniuk by emailing darren.cabaniuk@nwas.nhs.uk.

More information about NWAS Community First Responders can be found online at www.nwas-responders.info