YARMOUTH - Volunteers are required for the new St. John Ambulance division in Yarmouth.
The organization has not operated in the area for about 12 years, says Gaurav Arora, the new superintendent for the Yarmouth volunteer medical responders division.
As of mid-November, four volunteers had signed up with the local chapter but three times that many is the goal.
The Yarmouth YMCA is sponsoring the division and volunteers receive weekly training there, including scenarios, to enable them to help provide first aid coverage at community events.
Volunteer Medical Responders (VMR’s) undergo a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer Medical First Responder training.
Volunteers are generally expected, once their training is completed, to provide at least 60 hours of volunteer service per year.
In Halifax, Arora says volunteer medical responders cover events like the Moosehead games, exhibition centre functions, family BBQs in the summer and tall ship events.
“Here, we (would) attend events that require coverage like Mariners hockey games, sporting events like basketball games, soccer games, or anywhere else that there might be a large group of people,” he said.
Advanced first aid training, which traditionally cost hundreds of dollars, is provided free to volunteers, which must be a minimum age of 18. They should be physically and mentally capable of performing activities that are reasonable for the type of service they are to provide.
They must complete a criminal record check and have a valid Standard First Aid. CPR Level C certificate is an asset
New volunteers receive: St. John Ambulance orientation, advanced first aid and health safety skills training, an advanced medical first response course and on-going leadership training.
Arora says in the Halifax division, volunteers include lawyers, nurses, university students and retired residents.
St. John Ambulance NS/PEI has over 280 VMR’s across the province, which supports health and safety in the community by providing first aid coverage at various events.
These volunteers are the first on the scene in the critical moments when an incident occurs. The service is free but divisions accept donations, which directly support the operations and supplies needed to offer this service.
Without the assistance of VMR’s, many community-based organizations would not be able to offer first aid coverage at public events.
Interested in volunteering with St. John Ambulance?
Visit the website and download the form