How to save a life


Senior Aircraftswoman Ashley McAlister, a medic from RAF Halton, recently saved a life in the local community during a volunteer shift for the RAF Ambulance Co-Responders.

On loan to the Benson crew, Ashley’s first shout was to an incident where a lady had suffered a cardiac arrest. Finding the casualty on the floor Ashley immediately sprang into action and with the aid of her crewmate, Corporal Josey Wales, from RAF Benson, they administered CPR until the paramedics arrived.

After the paramedics took over Ashley and Josie switched to a compassionate role by accompanying the lady’s husband to the hospital. As they prepared to leave the scene ready for the rest of their shift, a paramedic ran out to let them know that the patient was making good progress; a rare gem of information for co-responder crews.

With only 6% of CPR attempts being successful the work of Co-Responders is vitally important in assisting the Ambulance Service in its role. By chance this is the second happy story for RAF Halton’s First Responders in the last few months where a previous crew also attended a cardiac arrest shout with good results.


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