During November and December of 2015, four members of Bettisfield community undertook training to become First Responders for Welsh Ambulance. The training was held at the Village Hall and the Chapel and we would like to pass on our thanks to the village hall committee and John Blanchard for the use of these venues. Training was delivered by a Welsh Ambulance approved instructor, Ken Raines, who professionally led us through the theory and practice of ‘First Person on Scene’ of a medical emergency. This training culminated with an examination by a Welsh Ambulance training paramedic who was able to ‘sign us off’ as competent.

 

The role of First Responders is to ‘turn out’ to medical emergencies to deliver life supporting measures to any patient suffering sudden illness or injury to include, basic life support, defibrillation and administering oxygen.

The Bettisfield First Responder Team will be alerted by Welsh Ambulance when they receive an emergency call within our turnout area, we then respond on behalf of the Ambulance Service and are likely to be the first to attend locally. The team will always be backed up with an ambulance who will simultaneously be mobilised to the incident, however, Ambulance attendance times can be protracted as our village is at the periphery of their boundary, with many of the routes to Bettisfield being minor and winding roads.

The team will not just respond to the Welsh side of our border, West Midlands Ambulance Service have also been made aware of our existence and an agreement has been reached between the two ambulance services that West Mids Ambulance will also want to use us for First Response on their side of the boundary.

Turnout Area

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Light Blue polygon 6 minute drive time. Orange polygon 10 minute drive time. Green circle turnout boundary.

Welsh Ambulance cover the costs of equipment provision but the team have already identified additional medical equipment that would further improve the service we could provide therefore fundraising/sponsorship will also be sought from the village to help to maintain and improve this valuable provision; any ideas welcomed.

The team

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L to R; David Jones, Gail Shakespeare, Kevin Brown, Frank Simkiss

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