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South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) paramedics will reveal how they respond to medical emergencies at a special event in Somerset.

Hundreds of people, including children, are expected to attend the Family Open Day at Taunton Ambulance Station on Sunday 19 August, 11am to 4pm.

Frontline resources including rapid response cars, ambulance vehicles, motorcycle response units, and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) will be on display.

There will also be sessions about how to do lifesaving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, involving chest compressions) and how to apply bandaging.

Volunteer Community First Responders will also be available to talk about their role within the Trust.

Richard Cockin, Operations Officer, said: “Weather permitting this should be a fantastic family orientated time with plenty of hands-on opportunities for those that want to see the vehicles and equipment we use, all guided by our frontline ambulance staff.”

The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Catherine Herbert, and her Consort, Mr Robin Herbert will open the event. There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting, colouring, as well as hot and cold refreshments.

The event will take place at Taunton ambulance station, Lisieux Way, Taunton, TA1 2LB.

Parking onsite is not available. However, there are plenty of non-permit spaces in the surrounding streets and within the grounds of the Blackdown Medical Practice, next door to the ambulance station.

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/SWASC.