South Central Ambulance Service carefully match emergency calls to the skills and training of each volunteer, but in reality this means most emergency calls are attended, with a few exceptions such as road traffic accidents and maternity. Examples of calls attended incude cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, choking, breathing difficulties, falls, serious and traumatic injuries, seizures, etc.
Our primary area of responsibility extends from approx Woodcote to Henley, and Nettlebed to Caversham. If a 999 call is made within this area, and it is appropriate for us to respond, we will be dispatched by the ambulance service. If an ambulance isn't immediately available we may also be asked to respond outside our primary area. We don't have blue lights, so must drive within normal speed limits.
We carry an equipment bag which contains an oxygen cylinder and masks, a thermometer, pulseoximeter (to measure oxygen levels and heart rate), blood pressure cuff, blood sugar monitor, bandages, tourniquet etc. We carry a defibrillator for cardiac arrests, and entonox to help relieve extreme pain. We also have a Mangar lifting cushion to safely lift a fallen person.