People learn life-saving skills in Jersey

A boy leans over a dummy that is on the ground as he gives chest compressions while a Community First Responder knees next to him
Children were shown how to use a defibrillator at the Ambulance Open Day [BBC]

People have been learning life-saving skills at the States of Jersey Ambulance Service’s Open Day.

Crowds and families were shown what happens during an emergency or at a major event on Monday.

Voluntary agencies like Normandy Rescue, St John Ambulance Service and the Community First Responders were also in attendance.

Organisers hoped more people will sign up and volunteer for these services after the open day.

Jason smiles at the camera with his arms behind his back and in the background - a man is doing chest compressions on a dummy
Head of emergency planning Jason Hamon wants people to learn more about how emergency services operate [BBC]

Jason Hamon from the States of Jersey Ambulance Service said it was to showcase how volunteer organisations “support us, the community and to get some more recruits to help them”.

“You're never too young to learn basic life support because it gives us precious extra seconds between someone collapsing and the ambulance arriving,” he said.

Dozens of people came to the Ambulance Service Headquarters to see more from the groups.

Mr Hamon added St Ambulance Service and Normandy Rescue “were a major asset during covid, the Haut du Mont explosion, and were on standby for Storm Ciarán as well”.

Helen is gesturing to the ground as two men stand next to her watching what she says and another member of Normandy Rescue is to her left in full high vis overalls
Helen Clayton shows visitors how Normandy Rescue responds to car crashes [BBC]

Normandy Rescue provides medical and rescue cover to more than 100 events a year in Jersey.

Helen Clayton from the charity said the event “encouraged adults and kids to get involved in voluntary medical services” and said they had “quite a lot of interest”.

“We need people who are interested in medical careers in order to staff the hospital and ambulance service and being a volunteer with groups like us is a really good step towards getting into those careers,” she added.

Normandy Rescue volunteers occasionally work with St John Ambulance volunteers to cover events.

Mark looks at the camera while in his uniform and wearing sun glasses. He is in the charity's first aid tent with pictures behind him showing what the charity does
Mark Jarvis from St John Ambulance Service said the charity needs more volunteers [BBC]

Mark Jarvis from St John Ambulance Jersey said the voluntary agencies needed to work together in the island because of the demand.

“We do have to turn events down sometimes because we get so busy and we don't have enough members to cover them safely,” he added.

Mr Jarvis also said the agencies have “definitely got a lot closer” over the last year and events like the open day “help drive up event cover by getting more adults to sign up as members”.

St John Ambulance is one of the biggest aid charities in the British Isles and teaches and provides first aid and emergency medical services.

A man gives CPR to a dummy
People were shown how to perform CPR [BBC]

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