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Denman’s Martyn Wady becomes a trained first responder

Sometimes, even the hardest-working hair experts feel the need to do more for their community. If that’s you, then take a leaf from Denman’s International Business Manager, Martyn Wady’s book. He decided to train to become one of Britain’s First Responders after recognising how much pressure the NHS was under. “I live in a rural village and even at the best of times it’s a challenge to get an ambulance here in under 8 minutes,” he explained. “The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest after 4 minutes reduce massively with every passing minute. I’m trained to use oxygen and a defibrillator too and I can get pretty much anywhere in my local area faster than an ambulance.”

Feeling inspired? Us too! And the best thing is, with the right approach, anyone can do it. So what sort of training is involved? Martyn undertook five full days of training, 25 hours of online learning and commits to further monthly training. He is on call weekly and attends ‘life in danger’ and ‘possible life in danger’ emergencies which can all vary. “We carry out the primary assessments and vital statistics which enables the ambulance crew to act fast and provide the necessary treatment when they do arrive,” says Martyn.

So if you’re up for the challenge of dropping everything when you need to, having a prepped kit at all times and helping to save lives (no biggie), we say go for it. “It’s scary but you just have to remember your training and the fact that in pretty much every case, you can’t make it worse,” he said. “What you can do is buy the patient the crucial time that might just save their life.”

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