Ogmore MP Huw Irranca-Davies, Welsh Government Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething and prospective parliamentary candidate for Ogmore Chris Elmore took time to meet volunteers of the Ogmore Valley First Responders this week, learning about their actions in meeting the emergency health needs of local communities.
The Ogmore Valley scheme, which covers from Blackmill in the south to Nantymoel in the north, is a locally managed group of volunteers who plan their own ‘on-call’ rota. At present they have 19 volunteers who have been on call in the Valley since the 1st March 2009.
Whenever the Ambulance Service receives a 999 call from the Ogmore Valley area which indicates a situation that is considered immediately life threatening, the Community First Responders currently ‘on call’ will be contacted directly. The 999 caller will be told that the Community First Responders are on the way and that they will be joined by an ambulance as soon as possible.
Huw said, “Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething was deeply impressed by the commitment of these volunteers, many of whom hold down full-time jobs. Vaughan is aware of the challenges facing volunteer groups and we’ll be contacting the local health board, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University, to discuss further support for this wonderful life-saving group of volunteers.”
If you live in the Blackmill, Pantyrawel, Lewsitown, Ogmore Vale, Wyndham, Pricetown, and Nantymoel areas and are between the ages of 18 and 70 and you feel you would like to become a Community First Responder email OV1STRESPONDERS@GMAIL.CO.UK or for more information visit http://www.ogmorevalleyfirstresponders.co.uk/.