Ajaz Khan - Chessington volunteer profile

Community First Responder Ajaz Khan with a defibrillatorAjaz Khan is a volunteer with the community first responder scheme in Chessington.

Why did you want to be a volunteer?

I wanted to give something back to my community and found this role was an ideal opportunity to do so.  This role offered me the opportunity to get medical training, be part of a great team backed up by London Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance, and the excitement of never knowing what is coming next.

The experience of being a community first responder is completely different from my day job, although some of the skills needed are the same such as being calm under pressure and confident in communicating with people.

What do you do for a living?

I am an IT consultant specialising in infrastructure and high-tech security. I have worked for major banks, media and various sectors of the UK government.

What hours are you on duty?

I’m on duty between four to eight hours per week. If I have any spare time, I normally do extra shifts. I find the role very rewarding.

Along with other members of my unit, I have also provided support for local community concerts.

How often are you called each shift?

Callouts vary, on most shifts I would expect to be called at least once or twice. The most calls I have attended during a single shift was five.

What sort of medical emergencies have you attended?

Everything from the more common types of calls such as angina pains, difficulty in breathing and seizures to the rarer and more serious types of emergency such as cardiac arrest and strokes. I’ve also attended patients suffering from heart attacks.

On some occasions ambulance staff have arrived before me, in which case my role then can be to reassure and support family members when emotions are running high.

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