Ambulance mechanics master life saving

Friday, 02 September, 2011

PADS trained ambulance mechanics look on as Steve Rogerson and Phil Parry demonstrate the defibrillator

Welsh Ambulance Service mechanics can now extend their fleet care skills to the human kind after joining a Trust life saving scheme.

The Bangor Fleet workshop team has joined the ranks of Welsh Ambulance Service Public Access Defibrillator Scheme (PADS), after passing the course with flying colours.

The Trust has trained over 4000 volunteers across Wales to man PADs sites across the country, stationed in places such as railway stations, leisure centres and even on top of Snowdon. Each of the Fleet mechanics undertook four hours of training to allow them to use
the electric shock life saving machine and also administer basic life support skills. Caernarfon emergency medical technician Steve Rogerson, who is also team trainer/manager for Holy Island Community First Responders carried out the training.

He said: "I am very proud to help this team become part of an important group of volunteers ready to help someone facing a life threatening injury. They all passed The PADS course with flying colours and are very dedicated to putting their skills into action if needed." Bangor fleet workshop supervisor Phil Parry added: "We are pleased to have passed this course, our staff do have access to defibrillators when transporting vehicles and here at the workshop, so if we know there is someone close by who needs our help, we can deliver it."

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