David Forward - Enfield

David ForwardDavid Forward is a volunteer with the community first responder scheme in Enfield.

Why did you want to be a volunteer?

I became a volunteer by accident – I did a St John Ambulance first aid at work course and then found out about the community first responder scheme. It sounded like a good idea and gave me a chance to use my new skills. Also I’m a believer in helping the community.

When did you become a volunteer?

I became a volunteer in September 2010.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a Senior Technical Consultant and Chartered Building Engineer.

What hours are you on duty?

I’m lucky that I can work from home one day a week allowing me to volunteer between 12 and 18 hours a week. This is a lot and most responders do four hours a week and the scheme only requires people to commit to four hours a month.

How often are you called each shift?

Generally I’m called out once a shift but I’ve had it where I was out for most of it. However, when I’m on duty and waiting, I can get on with my normal job.

What sort of medical emergencies have you attended?

I’ve been out to a variety of calls, including patients who were in a cardiac arrest, having diabetic emergencies or chest pains. The list is endless but we keep within what we’re trained to do.