CSI BASICS Secretary
John is a Senior Paramedic for the North West Ambulance Service, working out of South Manchester.
He has a wealth of pre hospital experience which he has gained from his background in both Mountain Rescue and his time overseas with the Military. John comes from an instructional background, teaching on Paramedic courses as well as being an instructor for the Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course.
As part of Volunteers week, we asked John some more in depth questions about his activities within the organisation…
So what is your CSI BASICS role?
I currently serve as the Secretary and I’m working on the Non-medical responding project with BASICS North West.
And where do you respond?
I’m not currently responding however all being well, I hope to be by the end of the year.
How long have you been responding as a volunteer for?
I’ve been with CSI BASICS since 2012 helping to deliver their education courses. I’ve recently resigned from one of the busiest Mountain Rescue teams in the country after volunteering for the past 17 years.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I’m a passionate believer that injured parties should get the best possible care, wherever they are. I’ve been fortunate to serve abroad in the British Army and as part of an International Search & Rescue team. Our military patients received such a high level of care, I want patients over here to get the same. My satisfaction comes from educating others and using my past experiences to better improve patient care.
Interests outside of BASICS?
Mountaineering, Climbing, Skiing and teaching.