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We are a small team who volunteer with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) as Community First Responders, (CFR’s) covering the South Wales seaside town of Porthcawl and it's surrounding area.

As CFR’s we are allocated to specific 999 emergency calls by Ambulance Control, including life threatening situations such as suspected stroke cases, choking, significant bleeding, heart attacks, cardiac arrests and breathing difficulties, providing initial emergency care to people until a Paramedic or Ambulance can arrive on the scene. When someone faces a serious medical emergency, such as a cardiac arrest, every second counts and early intervention can make a significant difference to their condition and chances of survival.

As an example, The British Heart Foundation website states that there are over 30,000 ‘out-of-hospital’ cardiac arrests in the UK every year and that every minute delay in CPR and defibrillation can reduce the chances of survival by up to 10% – that’s where we as CFR’s come in.
Whilst we are trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to carry out emergency first aid, administer oxygen therapy, carry out the recognition of cardiac conditions, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and use a defibrillator we are a ‘self-funding group’.  This means we have to source funding for the purchase of a number of essential items including uniform, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), kit bags, Defibrillators, etc. 

As WAST trained volunteers we are covered by their Insurance whilst attending incidents allocated by Ambulance Control

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email, or alternatively, further details can be obtained from the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust web site

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