DLRAA Air Ambulance Completes 25,000 Missions
Saturday 11th June 2016 Our local air ambulance, covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland has completed its 25,000th mission this week.
The call out on Thursday night marked a huge milestone in the charity's history.
The 25,000th mission is a combined total for call outs by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and its sister service Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
The Critical Care Team carried out the mission by road in the... READ MORE...
DLR Air Ambulance In Duckmanton After Industrial Accident
Friday 20th May 2016 The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance were called to Duckmanton in Derbyshire on Tuesday 17th May, after a man was involved in an industrial accident.
The air ambulance was activated at 12.14pm and was on-scene at 12.27pm.
The patient, who was in his 20s, had sustained a severe injury to his foot after it became caught in machinery.
The air ambulance crew worked with East Midlands... READ MORE...
EMAS Chief Executive Sue Noyes Leaves
Thursday 17th March 2016 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) recently announced that Chief Executive Sue Noyes will be leaving EMAS for personal family reasons - a decision Sue did not make lightly.
The original intention was for Sue to stay until June 2016, however her personal circumstances have changed and she needs to leave earlier than planned, therefore Sue's last working day at EMAS is Thursday 17 March 2016.
Pauline Tagg, Chairman of EMAS said: "I had already started discussions with NHS Improvement about our future leadership arrangements and..." READ MORE...
Teenage Student Ready To Save Lives
Tuesday 8th December 2015 A young Derbyshire student who helped to teach his peers about the dangers of careless driving is now ready to help save lives in his local community.
Teenager Alex Waring attends Chesterfield College but volunteers with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) as part of the Chesterfield Community First Responder group.
At only 19, he has successfully undertaken training so he can perform lifesaving treatment at medical emergencies such as heart attacks and... READ MORE...
First Air Ambulance Week Is A Soaring Success
Tuesday 10th November 2015 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance's (DLRAA) first ever 'Air Ambulance Week', has raised over £25,000 towards the vital services of them and their sister service, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).
Collections across Derbyshire raised a grand total of £5,189.15 for their air ambulance thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the support of the local community.
The week at the end of September saw hundreds of supporters... READ MORE...
Major Incident Declared After Crash on M1
Tuesday 5th May 2015 A major incident has been declared at Chesterfield Royal Hospital this afternoon, following a collision between a coach and a lorry at junction 28/29 of the M1.
Derbyshire Police say they were alerted at 12 25pm and the incident involved a coach - believed to be a National Express - and several other vehicles. The Ambulance Service and Fire Service were also in attendance along with the Helimed service.
The Southbound carriageway is expected to be closed for a... READ MORE...
Air Ambulance Soaring Thanks To Marks & Spencer
Monday 9th February 2015 Marks & Spencer Chesterfield have raised an amazing £1,023.79 after spending just four weeks fundraising over Christmas.
The store are also helping out the newly-opened Chesterfield charity shop by offering their retail expertise to new volunteers and shop staff. They are helping further develop the visual merchandising expertise and customer service.
A big thank you goes from all at the Air Ambulance Charity Shop to the kind staff of Marks & Spencer, Chesterfield, for all their generous contributions to the lifesaving service. READ MORE...
Paramedic Gives A 'Thank You' To Brimington Residents
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 A Chesterfield paramedic has contacted The Chesterfield Post to ask for his heartfelt thanks to be passed on to a group of, "Very kind residents" who helped him and a colleague after their ambulance, which was transporting a poorly patient to hospital, got stuck in last week's snow.
The Paramedic, employed by East Midlands Ambulance Service, wrote to us expressing his gratitude for this act of kindness - which took place on the near Brimington on Thursday 29th January 2015 - saying that, without the assistance , the crew would have faced real difficulties. READ MORE...
Air Ambulance Patient Helps The Charity Open It's 30th Shop
Tuesday 20th January 2015 A former patient of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance was on hand to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of The Air Ambulance Service's (TAAS's) 30th Charity shop.
TAAS, the parent DLRAA and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA), opened their new Charity shop at number 22 on Burlington Street in Chesterfield. It will be their first Charity shop in the Chesterfield area.
Mark Graham, who was rescued by DLRAA, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony at the shop on Burlington Street. READ MORE...
Request To Use 999 Only In Serious Emergencies During Strike
Sunday 12th October 2014 On Monday 13th October, a national four-hour strike is set to take place as part of the ongoing national NHS 2014/15 pay dispute.
Colleagues plan to strike between 07:00 and 11:00 on Monday 13th October, followed by further action short of a strike - including not undertaking paid or unpaid overtime - during the rest of the week, until Friday 17th October.
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has been in detailed discussion with GMB and Unison representatives to understand the type of action that will take place and how EMAS can continue to respond to patients suffering... READ MORE...
DLRAA Attend An Industrial Incident In Chesterfield
Tuesday 23rd September 2014 On Saturday 20th September, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) was called to an industrial incident in Calow, Chesterfield.
At 13:55, the Air Ambulance crew were called to help a 51-year old male who had accidentally lacerated his left arm whilst operating machinery. The patient suffered significant bleeding.
When the DLRAA doctor and critical care paramedics arrived on scene, just 15 minutes after the emergency call had been received... READ MORE...
Man Airlifted To Hospital After Motor Trike Collision In Staveley
Friday 6th June 2014 A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a collision near Staveley, Derbyshire.
The 57-year old man was thrown from a motor trike after hitting a fence earlier today (6th June). He sustained head and spinal injuries in the incident.
Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) was tasked to the incident and landed on the road near to the incident at around 11:16am.
On the crew's arrival, a crew from East Midlands Ambulance... READ MORE...
Air Ambulance Has A Busy Bank Holiday
Tuesday 27th May 2014 The Air Ambulance Service's Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) were called out to two separate incidents at Kinder Scout in the Peak District over the bank holiday weekend.
On Saturday 24th May, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) was called out following reports of a climber who had been taken ill at the top of Kinder Scout. WNAA worked alongside the mountain rescue service to try and locate the patient. The crew landed near to the incident at around 6:43pm.
The patient, a 58-year old man, was assessed by the crew and... READ MORE...
Are You Dying 2 Drive?
Thursday 15th May 2014 Several young students were involved in a two collision outside Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road on Monday morning.
Sadly, one lost his life - whilst others were treated for their injuries at the scene, with Fire crews, Police and Ambulance personnel battling in the dreadful weather conditions to free the teenagers for over half an hour. One arrest was made by police officers attending.
Actually, there was an accident on Monday morning but thankfully, it was an exercise staged by the College, in partnership with... READ MORE, AUDIO & VIDEO...
Air Ambulance Called To Mastin Moor Road Collision
Monday 24th March 2014 On Saturday 22nd March, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to a road traffic collision in Mastin Moor, Derbyshire, where three people were injured and three cars involved.
DLRAA were called out at approximately 11:20am and landed at the scene at around 11:36am. Each of the patients were assessed for their injuries by the crew and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
One of the patients, a 60-year old man, was still trapped in his... READ MORE...
8 Minutes To Get To The Scene, 12 Minutes To Save A Life!
Tuesday 25th February 2014 Following on from news of the Chesterfield Royal being featured on BBC1's 'Operation Hospital Food' this week, it's now the turn of the East Midlands Ambuilance Service (EMAS) to grab some limelight!
Nine University of Northampton Paramedic Students are followed as they embark on their first work placements with East Midlands Ambulance Service mentors.
A BBC Three award-winning production team who were behind the 'Junior Doctors:- your life in their hands' programme, have worked with The University of Northampton and EMAS to produce 'Junior Paramedics'... READ MORE...
The Air Ambulance Service Launches 'Power Hour' Appeal
Thursday 20th February 2014 The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is launching an appeal to attract local business men and women to take part in 'Power Hour', as part of its volunteering campaign.
The Charity, which runs Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, is asking corporate supporters to donate their lunch hour(s) to support a lifesaving cause.
Power Hour is a new initiative to allow charitable corporate teams and individuals the chance to fit a significant volunteering activity into their hectic... READ MORE...
Air Ambulance Lifts Injured Man To Hospital
Monday 27th January 2014
A 55-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after being injured in an industrial accident in Dronfield, Derbyshire.
He suffered a badly cut and partially severed index finger after being trapped under a metal bar.
The incident happened last Friday, 24th January. Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were tasked to the incident at approximately 12:29pm and arrived at the scene 20 minutes later. READ MORE...
Air Ambulance Service Mourns The Loss Of Roger Lloyd-Pack
Thursday 16th January 2014 After the sad news this morning of the death of Actor Roger Lloyd Pack from pancreatic cancer at the age of 69, a local Charity chief has paid tribute to the actor and his support for the Air Ambulance Service.
CEO, Andy Williamson, has issued a statement this morning which reads, "It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Roger Lloyd-Pack. Roger was known to millions as a legend of British sitcoms, especially in Only Fools and Horses and The Vicar of Dibley.
"What may not have been as well-known was that he was..." READ MORE...
Don't Start 2014 In An Ambulance...
Tuesday 31st December 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), is preparing for New Year's Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2014 safe and well.
The traditional party night marks the end of more than a fortnight of seasonal celebrations which puts more demand on ambulances than any other time of the year.
Richard Henderson, Director of Operations said: "Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations always mean an increase in calls adding pressure to the service, drinking alcohol making people take risks they wouldn't usually..." READ MORE...
The Air Ambulance Service Issues Fraudster Warnings
Wednesday 4th December 2013 The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is calling upon its supporters and potential donators to be wary of rogue collectors posing as a charity.
The Charity is concerned that vital income could be lost as a result of companies that carry out fraudulent activities and try to trade on the Charity's good name and reputation. Worried about the effect that bogus clothing collections will have on its donations at the most important time of the year, Chief Executive Andy Williamson said "Christmas donations of money and clothing are crucial to our service - and yet we now have to worry that criminals are distributing bogus bags..." READ MORE...
DLR Air Ambulance Attends RTA And Picks Up Fall Victim
Monday 11th November 2013 On Saturday morning (9th November) a 27-year old female was airlifted by Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) to hospital following a road traffic collision in Baslow, Derbyshire.
Her vehicle was spotted in a ditch next to a river bed by a passing lorry driver.
Due to the awkward location of the incident, DLRAA were called out to the incident. They left their base at East Midlands Airport at 07:47 and arrived at the scene of the incident at 08:10. The patient was extricated from the vehicle by the local fire and rescue service. READ MORE...
Sunday 10th November 2013 Chesterfield's veterans came in their hundreds to remember and share their private memories of war, on the most public of occasions - Remembrance Sunday.
Services of Remembrance were also held at various points across Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire throughout the day - with more taking place in the evening.
On Sunday afternoon, on a cold but sunny Autumn day, The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield, along with other Councillors, and dignitaries including The Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, William Tucker... READ MORE & AUDIO...
Calow Man To Appear At Court For Breaching An ASBO
Monday 4th November 2013 A man is due to appear at court charged with breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order which banned him from dialling 999 for an ambulance except in a genuine emergency.
Andrew Crowther, 59, of Central Drive, Calow, was handed the three year-long ASBO by magistrates in November 2011. The order bans Mr Crowther from making any emergency telephone calls to East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust using either the 999 or 111, except in the case of a genuine emergency, as defined by a reasonable and sober person. He is accused of making more than 100 calls to 999 between December 14th, 2012 and Wednesday, September 25th this year.
Mr Crowther has been charged with breaching the conditions of his ASBO and is due to appear at Derby Crown Court in February 2014.
Air Ambulance Called To Road Accident In Ridgeway
Thursday 10th October 2013 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were yesterday called out to a road traffic collision - their most common cause for call outs - in Ridgeway, Derbyshire.
Called at 10:13, they arrived at the incident scene at 10:35. A 28-year old man was injured when his vehicle rolled over and he was assessed for head and back injuries having already been extricated by the local Fire Service. He was given much needed pain relief, immobilised and given a pelvic splint before being airlifted to Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. The DLRAA also attend horse riding accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.
East Midlands Ambulance Service To Star On C4 TV Series
Saturday 5th October 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) will feature in a Channel 4 documentary series which airs Monday 7th October at 9pm, which has the potential to attract three million viewers.
999: What's Your Emergency? follows incidents from the moment the initial 999 calls are received, as ambulances are dispatched and the ambulance crew arrive on the scene. But it also goes beyond to explore why the call was made and find out what happened after the medics left.
The six part series follows ambulance staff who know every.. READ MORE...
Air Ambulance (DLRAA) Called To Aid Of Clay Cross Man
Friday 27th September 2013 Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were called out to an incident in Clay Cross, Derbyshire on the evening of Thursday 26th September.
The call was for a 65-year old male who was injured after falling through the roof of his home in the town. East Midlands Ambulance Service were first on the scene, but DLRAA were requested to attend given the clinical nature of the incident and they took off at 6:04pm, arriving at the scene 11 minutes later.
The patient had sustained injuries to his head and arms and was... READ MORE...
IOSH Staff Games Raise Cash For Air Ambulance
Tuesday 13th August 2013 Staff at a Leicestershire-based health and safety organisation have been competing in a week of sporting activities to raise cash for a life-saving charity.
50 colleagues at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), in Wigston, took part in lunch-time games, from skittles and bat and ball to spacehopper racing, and by 2pm on Friday had raised just over £170 for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
IOSH Head of Corporate Affairs, Helen Metcalfe said... READ MORE...
Man Airlifted To Sheffield Hospital After Falling From Bridge
Monday 12th August 2013
A man has been airlifted to hospital in Sheffield after falling from a bridge in Chesterfield this afternoon.
Details are still coming in, but it is believed the incident happened at around 3pm and caused severe traffic build up around the Horn's Bridge Island and towards Tesco.
The man is believed to be in a serious condition.
We will have more news as we get it.
EMAS - Recognising The Best In The Service....
Friday 19th April 2013 East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) hosted Awards where nine winners have been crowned, in a ceremony which aimed to recognise ambulance service staff and volunteers who are the pride of the NHS.
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust's (EMAS) first ever 'Values and Recognition Awards' were held at the Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham, yesterday evening (Thursday 18th April) at 6pm.
The event was made possible by the generosity of local businesses who offered sponsorship and donations, and the EMAS Charitable Trust. READ MORE...
Celebration Evening To Aid NE Derbys Charity DLRAA Appeal
Wednesday 3rd April 2013 People in North East Derbyshire are being invited to enjoy a fund-raising evening of entertainment next month, in aid of a local air ambulance charity.
Cllr Ken Savidge, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, is to host the black tie celebration evening in aid of his 2012/13 charity appeal for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).
Tickets are still available for the event, which is being held on Friday 3rd May at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. READ MORE...
£120k Ambulance Service Investment In Life-Saving Machines
Wednesday 20th March 2013
Thousands of pounds have been invested by East Midlands Ambulance Service to purchase and install life-saving machines in the community to help save lives.
AEDs are used when someone has gone into cardiac arrest, i.e. when the heart stops pumping blood around the body. The defibrillator gives the heart an electric shock to allow effective cardiac rhythm to be re-established. The best conditions for defibrillation are present for only one to two minutes of someone going into cardiac arrest, with success rates decreasing from then... READ MORE...
EMAS Brings In More Staff And Vehicles To Improve Care
Monday 18th March 2013 Patients needing an ambulance to deal with their emergency will soon benefit from more frontline staff and vehicles being introduced by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).
EMAS provides emergency and urgent care to more than 4.8 million people across the region and is investing in these changes as part of its work to improve response times and the working lives of staff.
Over £2.8 million is being spent to bring 140 emergency care assistants (ECAs) into the service by the end of the summer. READ MORE...
Ambulance Service Sign Joint Learning Agreement
Tuesday 29th January 2013
The signing of a Joint Learning Agreement shows a commitment between East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Unison, GMB and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to support staff with their continued learning and development.
Phil Milligan, East Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive said: "Our service has faced some challenging times over recent years, and one of the ways to move forward from this is through learning and development. That is why the signing of this Joint Learning Agreement is such a significant step." READ MORE...
Ambulance Service 'Snowed' Under With Calls
Monday 21st January 2013 Freezing conditions over the weekend have seen East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) deal with 900 more calls than during the same period last year.
Between Thursday January 17th and Sunday January 20th, the 999 service received 6,335 calls, compared to 5,395 over the same dates in 2012.
Of these calls, 1,118 related to falls and 140 to road traffic incidents.
In Derbyshire longstanding links with local Mountain Rescue Teams... READ MORE...
New Year Celebrations Critical For Ambulance Service
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 As predicted, the New Year brought a challenging time for East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS), who were busy responding to people who needed help having sustained an injury or falling ill.
Peter Ripley, EMAS Director of Operations said: "In the first four hours of 2013, we received over 1,000 emergency 999 calls. On an average day, we expect to receive around 2,000 calls.
"I pay tribute to our staff who worked in on the frontline - our skilled staff answering calls received in our Emergency Operations Centres and..." READ MORE...
Don't Start 2013 In An Ambulance As New Year Parties Begin
Monday 31st December 2012 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) is preparing for New Year's Eve with a plea to those celebrating to start 2013 safe and well.
The traditional party night marks the end of more than a fortnight of seasonal celebrations which puts more demand on ambulances than any other time of the year.
The last Friday before Christmas (December 21st) was a busy night, with EMAS dealing with 2,384 emergency calls, 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday. READ MORE...
Ambulance Service Report Record Call Volumes Last Night
Saturday 22nd December 2012
As the area gets into the Christmas spirit over the next few days there are reminders from Emergency services to be sensible with partying to avoid having to seek medical attention.
We have received information today that suggests the festive season got off to a busy start for East Midlands Ambulance Service and its frontline crews on Friday 21st December when it dealt with 2,384 emergency calls - that's 457 more than would normally be received on a typical Friday. And record call volumes continued into the early hours of the following morning. READ MORE...
Learn How To Save A Life This September
Monday 10th September 2012 St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity, is again running its 'Save a Life September'.
Launched in 2011, the scheme was hugely successful and over 70,000 people received free first aid guides as part of the campaign. This year the charity wants to reach even more people to equip them with vital first aid skills.
Throughout September, the charity will be giving free demonstrations at locations in Chesterfield. The public will learn how to save a life using five easy to follow techniques and will receive a free pocket-sized first aid guide... READ MORE...
Cheryle's Marathon Fundraiser For St John Ambulance
Wednesday 25th April 2012 Clay Cross woman Cheryle Berry has completed this year's London Marathon in aid of first aid charity St John Ambulance - and hopes to raise at least £2,000.
The 63-year-old completed the course in six hours thirty-six minutes. It is the 12th year she has run the marathon, the last three of which she has run in aid of St John Ambulance.
"I have been involved with St John Ambulance for seven years in Derbyshire and once again, I felt extremely proud to be representing the charity... READ MORE...
Bolsover Cadets Win Royal Recognition
Friday 13th April 2012 Bolsover St John Ambulance Cadets Megan Owens and Thomas Paisley have won royal recognition for their achievements during an official reception at Buckingham Palace.
Megan, 16, and Thomas, 15, were congratulated by HRH The Princess Royal for completing the Grand Prior Award, the highest a St John Ambulance Cadet can achieve. Both had spent the last three years studying 24 different subjects to achieve the honour, from first aid to working in the community. The two were chosen to represent Derbyshire at the Buckingham Palace reception, which recognises young people's commitment to the nation's leading first aid charity. READ MORE...
Lessons In Life Saving Thanks To £500 Award
Monday 12th March 2012 Young first aiders in Clay Cross will be able to learn vital life-saving techniques thanks to a £500 award from the Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme.
Parkhouse St John Ambulance Division needed the funding to buy resuscitation manikins, to train Cadets and Badgers in how to deliver chest compressions and rescue breaths.
Leader Yvonne Mason said: "Children as young as 5 learn simple skills that can make them the difference between a life lost and a life saved..." READ MORE...
Carol Clocks Up 25 Years With Bolsover Badgers
Thursday 8th March 2012
Cadet Carol Owen was just 19 when St John Ambulance launched its Badger movement for the under 10s. She set up one of the first Badger Setts in the country, at Bolsover - and this week she led the group's 25th anniversary celebrations.
The presentation evening last night (Wednesday, 7th March) was a chance to congratulate high achievers and to thank those who have supported the group over the years. That includes Carol's mum, Rosemary Owen, who stepped in to help run the Badgers 20 years ago and has been there ever since. READ MORE...
SJA Get Ready For Winter And Advise Everyone To Be Prepared
Wednesday 28th December 2011 St John Ambulance staff and volunteers in Derbyshire are now busy making preparations to support the emergency services should the county be hit by snow and freezing temperatures again this winter.
Last year, and in 2009, heavy snow fell across the region just days before Christmas leading to a greater demand for the service provided by the NHS. To help alleviate some of the pressure, St John Ambulance staff and volunteers supported the ambulance service with 4x4 ambulances enabling them to reach patients in remote areas and provide immediate emergency care and transport... READ MORE...
Young First Aiders Honoured In County's Inaugural Awards
Monday 14th November 2011 Nine-year-old Emily Salmon didn't panic when her mum fainted in the bathroom, she put her in the recovery position and raised the alarm.
And just weeks later - during a trip to Toys'R'Us as a reward for her quick actions - Emily used her first aid skills again when a young boy collapsed with hypoglycemia.
This week Emily, of Walton, won official recognition for her actions when she was presented with the Badger First Aid prize at Derbyshire's first ever St John Ambulance Youth Awards. READ MORE...
Chesterfield Volunteer Receives Top Honour
Friday 7th October 2011 Ken Cook, a leading influence within St John Ambulance Derbyshire over the past decade, has been honoured with investiture as a Commander of the Order of St John – one of the highest honours which can be conferred on the charity’s volunteers.
A former headteacher, Ken, of Dronfield, was a key member of the county team based in Chesterfield, taking on the top job as Chair of Council in 2007 and leading Derbyshire’s 1500 uniformed volunteers until he retired from the post last December.
He is now concentrating on other voluntary roles ... READ MORE...
First Aider's Life-Saving Support For Charity
Monday 3rd October 2011 A routine 'First Aid At Work' course proved to be a life-changer for Chesterfield banker Ian Boston. He was so impressed by what he learned that he became a volunteer for St John Ambulance Walton Division.
Now, he is not only trained to be the difference between a life saved and a life lost, but has also given valuable support to the local community by helping to raise more than £3,000 to buy life-saving equipment.
Ian, who works in HSBC's credit risk services department in Sheffield, joined other volunteers in a sponsored resuscitation event. READ MORE...
Safer Schools Recognised By Pioneering Award
Monday 5th September 2011 As Chesterfield children prepare to return to school this week, news comes of a pioneering new award that is being offered to Derbyshire schools that will equip pupils and staff with basic life-saving skills.
The 'St John Ambulance Schools Mark' will be awarded to those that show a significant commitment to the safety and health of their school community. The criteria for achieving the standard includes teaching important first aid skills that could teach even the very youngest children skills which would make the difference between a life lost and a life saved. READ MORE...
Life Savers Set To Take To The Streets
Wednesday 13th July 2011 Chesterfield’s new 'street pastors' will be equipped with life-saving skills when they take to the town centre next month - thanks to St John Ambulance.
Trainers from the leading first aid charity ran a specialist course for the fledgling pastors this week, as part of their intensive training in the run-up to the August 13th launch.
St John Ambulance trainer Antony Owen instructed 25 volunteers from local churches in how to deal with emergencies they might encounter on the streets, including severe bleeding, vomiting and chest pains, as well as how to resuscitate someone who has stopped breathing. READ MORE...
Putting Their Skills To The Test
Monday 21st March 2011
St John Ambulance members from across Derbyshire put their skills to the test last weekend in a bid to become county champions.
The competition not only decided which teams were top in the county, but also which would go on to represent Derbyshire in the regional event.
First aiders of all ages were faced with a variety of realistic scenarios as part of the annual event at county HQ in Chesterfield. Winners now go on to represent Derbyshire at the regional competitions to be held in Northampton in May. READ MORE...
Festive Safety Tips
Friday 24th December 2010 With the Big day nearly upon us, St John Ambulance in Derbyshire has issued some festive tips to help people enjoy an injury-free Christmas and New Year.
"Putting up decorations, wrapping presents, playing with new gadgets and carving the turkey can turn a joyous occasion into a disaster with injuries ranging from cuts through to heart attacks," said Commander Chris Poole. "Children under five and people over 65 are most likely to have an accident in the home, and on average approximately 80,000 people will go to hospital over Christmas and the New Year." READ MORE...
Monday 20th December 2010 After three years in post, one of the St John's Ambulance most respected members has retired from his role as Chair of Council.
Ken Cook, from Dronfield, and a former Sheffield Headteacher has been a leading influence within St John Ambulance, Derbyshire since 2002 when he joined as Commander. He took on the Top Job of leading the County's 1300 uniformed volunteers in 2007 and is now moving to other projects.
Renowned for his hands-on approach ... READ MORE...
First-Aid Christmas Fundraiser - Cancelled!
Friday 10th December 2010 To confirm, the Chesterfield Post has learned that the Christmas fair due to take place today (December 10th) at Derbyshire St John Ambulance headquarters on Derby Road, Chesterfield, is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.
Monday 29th November 2010 FIRST aid volunteers are asking Chesterfield folk to get into the festive spirit - by attending a fundraising Christmas fair at their headquarters on December 10th.
Derbyshire St John Ambulance relies on fundraising to maintain the first aid services it provides across the county. It hopes that members of the public will give those funds a boost by supporting the event at headquarters on Derby Road from 6pm-9pm, Friday December 10th.
Attractions will include Santa's grotto, Christmas gifts, a raffle, tombola and stalls. Refreshments will include seasonal roast chestnuts.
Drumming Up Support For Local Band
Wednesday 13th October 2010 Local musician Claire Atack is drumming up support and trying to secure the future of one of the area's longest-established brass bands.
Dronfield St John Ambulance Band can regularly be found leading parades and entertaining crowds across Derbyshire and beyond. But there's something missing from the usual stirring strains right now - because the band has lost three of it's drummers.
"One of our proudest moments was taking part in the Royal Tournament a few years back. We had 53 members then," says bandmaster Claire. "But we're down to 34 now and we really need some new blood." READ MORE...
Chesterfield's Pioneering First Aiders Host National Conference
Wednesday 15th September 2010
Chesterfield First aiders have pioneered an initiative that has led to children nationally being taught first aid skills in schools.
This year, children in 80 local schools benefited from lessons in which children as young as five were taught vital first aid skills.
The scheme, masterminded by St John Ambulance trainers, has proved so successful that it has now been extended countywide READ MORE...
First Aid Marathon Raises £600 For Charity
Derbyshire volunteers who staged a six-hour sponsored first aid marathon raised £600 for the charity that taught them.
The event, outside the St John Ambulance county headquarters in Chesterfield, saw 18 members delivering, in relays, continuous cardiopulmonary resuscitation to 'Resusci Anne' manikins used in training.
Monies raised will help to pay for first aid training by St John Ambulance Derbyshire, which relies on local fundraising to maintain its services. Over 1,300 uniformed volunteers provide vital first aid cover at events across the county. READ MORE...
Volunteers Take Part In A 6 Hour Fundraiser
Volunteers at a Charity's Chesterfield HQ took part in a six hour fundraiser today.
St John's Ambulance members in the town held a sponsored resuscitation event to raise cash for the branch. First aiders worked in five minute CPR and mouth to mouth relays to deliver continuous resuscitation to the "Resusci Anne" dolls used in training.
We're all familiar with the St John's service - wherever there’s a gathering of people - football matches, carnivals, festivals, they're on hand to provide first aid and care. However, what's less well known is that they're not publicly funded and rely on donations and events like this to make sure they can continue their work. READ MORE...
VOLUNTEERS TAKE PART IN A 6 HOUR FUNDRAISER -
Volunteers at a Charity's Chesterfield HQ took part in a six hour fundraiser today.
St John's Ambulance members in the town held a sponsored resuscitation event to raise cash for the branch. First aiders worked in five minute CPR and mouth to mouth relays.More...