RAF Benson’s Lifesaving Co-Responders
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Two Co-Responders from RAF Benson, Corporal Karl Soare and Senior Aircraftman Daniel Scott, recently attended the scene of a lady in her late 60s suffering from cardiac arrest.
Through their exemplary training, they were able to restart circulation before the ambulance crews arrived and thankfully the lady is expected to make a full recovery.
Members of #TeamBenson regularly volunteer their free time to work as Co-Responders in the local area. The military volunteers receive additional medical training and use equipment and vehicles from the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) to provide lifesaving care to members of the community. Due to the overall care provided by the South Central region, patients suffering a cardiac arrest are more likely to survive to leave hospital than anywhere else in England.
Cpl Soare, who has served in the RAF for over 22 years, regularly volunteers as a co-responder alongside his role in the RAF Regiment. Reflecting on how the scene unfolded, he said: “We saw it happen and immediately went into the protocols that we had been trained in by the SCAS. With the positive outcome from this and actually being able to talk to the patient who, only 30 minutes earlier, had no pulse was a good example that any immediate lifesaving treatment that is given without delay improves the patient’s chances of survival.”
SAC Scott finds his role as a Co-Responder completely different to his role as a Logistics office worker. As well as responding to 999 emergencies, he has also provided first aid cover to events such as our Families’ Day, and has also assisted in delivering first aid demonstrations in the local area. Dan said: “I find working as a co-responders very rewarding. I work in an office day to day so it’s totally different. As an Ambulance Co-Responder we are all trained to be the First Person on Scene. We can attend potentially life-threatening 999 emergencies either at patient’s homes, in care homes or in other public locations.”
The team undertakes this role on a purely voluntary basis, including evenings and weekends. The scheme allows military personnel of all ranks to develop personal skills and experience outside of their primary roles. Working alongside civilian medical staff, it also provides a positive image of the Armed Forces by delivering a visible and valuable benefit throughout the wider local community. As result of their training and dedication, Karl and Dan successfully saved someone’s life and are a perfect example of the importance of this duty.