Volunteers aim to get there quicker than ambulance
REVELLERS will be able to receive first aid while they party - thanks to a new scheme being launched in Huddersfield.
Medically-trained volunteers will be taking to the streets on bikes from April to offer emergency care to people enjoying nights out.
The ten-strong Street Pastors team will be made up of paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
The volunteers - run by the Civil Volunteers Organisation - will work in pairs from 9pm to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays to treat patients at the scene or stay with them until an ambulance arrives.
Richard Brook, one of the team, said: "We will be dealing with all sorts of cases, from cardiac arrests and asthma attacks to diabetes and bumps and scrapes.
"It will be a lot easier to get around on the bikes and we can usually get there faster than an ambulance.
"If we can treat them there and then we will do.
"If it turns out to be more serious or we need more medical equipment, we will call an ambulance. But we hope to relieve pressure on the ambulance service and A&E."
The team will have access to a range of medical equipment, including a defibrillator, a suction unit for clearing airways, airways management kit, advanced first aid kit, oxygen and pain relief .
They will be based at the Methodist Mission cafe at Lord Street and will also respond to emergency calls from bar owners and nightclub bouncers.
Richard added: "We will be wearing high-visibility uniforms and riding advanced patrol mountain bikes.
"We are looking forward to helping the public and giving something back.
"I hope the public welcome it as something positive."
The project has been organised in partnership with Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership, which funded one of the mountain bikes for the scheme.
The idea came after a similar project in Halifax - Street Angels - proved successful.