Step Up, Take Charge.. And Have Fun, Too!
Volunteer Medical First Responders at St. John Ambulance, Kitchener-Waterloo provide vital First Aid services at numerous community events in Waterloo Region
By Mary C. Kenessey
“Somebody do something. Quick!”
It’s a desperate plea, either spoken or unspoken, which many of us have experienced in a moment of crisis. Seeing a family member, a friend or a total stranger unexpectedly suffer an injury or simply collapse leaves many of us feeling helpless and inadequate. If only we knew what to do.
Fortunately, help is at hand. As a St. John Ambulance Medical First Responder you can acquire the necessary knowledge, experience and confidence to act and maybe save a human life. Even better, as a member of an MFR team, you could often find yourself performing this vital service while enjoying a variety of big-ticket sports or entertainment events which you might not otherwise be able to attend.
Highly trained MFRs are ready to provide Lifesaving First Aid at events throughout Waterloo Region Photo: John Thompson
During 2018, the Kitchener-Waterloo St. John Ambulance teams of MFRs provided first aid and life-saving assistance to some 100 patients at 170 such events. And the need for these services is expected to increase during 2019. Volunteers are urgently needed, so there couldn’t be a better time to get involved than right now.
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Mark Wednesday evenings on your calendar.
This is when our First Responders gather together, for two hours, to hone their First Aid skills with intensive study. Each session is divided into a specific module.. severe bleeding, bone breaks, diabetes complications, etc. It’s also a unique opportunity to expand one’s horizons and meet new friends who, like you, share a strong sense of purpose and commitment.
With the support and camaraderie of fellow team members you will learn how to calmly assess a situation, render First Aid and keep the patient comfortable until an ambulance arrives. Plus, with the added benefit of the team’s initial medical assessment of the situation valuable time will be saved when transporting the injured or stricken individual to hospital.
St. John Ambulance MFRs gain skills such as CPR/AED at weekly training sessions
Photo: John Thompson
An outstanding addition to your resume.
Whether applying to the university of your choice or seeking a new employment opportunity, a record of community service and involvement on your resume is always regarded with favour and a certain respect. It can also help provide a step up in the promotion process.
So, if you’re ready to step up to success, call Kitchener-Waterloo St. John Ambulance at: 519-579-6285 to learn how you can qualify for this unique service.
Incidentally, these value-packed training sessions come to you absolutely FREE!