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New Community First Responder for Saltash

Published: May 2, 2017

Cornwall College Saltash

Saltash is to benefit from the services of a new Community First Responder with SWASFT.

Campus Support Assistant from Cornwall College Saltash, Kevin Oak, who is also the lead first aider at the College, first realised he wanted to focus on helping others after completing first aid training at work.

“I didn’t know too much about it before the course, but the training was excellent and really gave me the interest to learn more,” he said.

Kevin then applied to SWASFT where he had an interview before completing three full days of training and three third manning shifts. This included a night shift, day shift and rapid response vehicle shift where he went out with the crew observing and assisting on call outs.

“The training was fantastic and we covered a range of areas including Basic Life Support, Defibrillation, Oxygen,  Paediatrics, Burns and situation scenarios,” Kevin continued.

“My position is a voluntary position and I’ll be committing to being on call at least 12 hours per week. If someone calls for an ambulance in the Saltash area, whilst the ambulance is on the way to them I will be dispatched to attend the scene to monitor the situation, do basic observations and CPR if it’s required.”

Kevin said he is really excited about his new role and “can’t wait to start responding in Saltash”.

“To think I can provide additional care to the people of Saltash is a privilege. I am grateful for the opportunity the NHS have given me,” he added.

SWASFT covers one of the most rural areas of the UK and are committed to providing the population of the South West with the highest standard of out-of-hospital care, according to Community Responder Officer for Cornwall, Julia Cleeland-Smith.

“Every day, Responders from across the South West attend emergencies within their local communities,” she said.

“Sometimes the difference is providing reassurance prior to the arrival of an ambulance; sometimes it is saving someone’s life.”

Head of Cornwall College Saltash, Margaret Butfield, said that at Saltash “we pride ourselves with our connection with the community”.

“Kevin, our Campus Support Assistant, has embraced the opportunity to give his time helping others in need. We are all incredibly proud of him.”

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