TWO National Health Service first responders have urged members of the Jewish community to take basic first aid training to help save lives.
Benjy Neumann and Sol Halpern operate mainly in Higher Broughton, Prestwich and Crumpsall and attend to 10-12 cases each week.
Yet, remarkably, this is not the Broughton Park residents' sole occupation.
Both are married and juggle their life-saving and family commitments with full-time jobs.
Their work sees the duo respond to a variety of emergency calls sent to them by an ambulance emergency control centre and, as 28-year-old Sol knows too well, they can come at any time.
"I sleep with the pager under my pillow and it is on vibrate 24/7," he said. "Just the other day I answered a job at 4.35am. I was on the scene within five minutes."
But, as Sol explained, five minutes is a few minutes too long in his book.
He continued: "The only reason it took that long was because a police car was following me.
"He probably thought I was some mad man leaving my drive in a hurry at that time.
"Our average response time is three or four minutes."
The North West Ambulance Service came up with the scheme to help improve emergency response times and it now has more than 1,500 volunteers signed up.
Typically, an ambulance or a paramedic in a fast-response car can reach a scene within 10 minutes, so first responders, who are called out because they live near the scene, can get there even quicker.
So while Sol may sound relaxed about what he does, he is under no illusions when it comes to the severity of his work.
He said: "I am qualified as a heartstart instructor and trained with Magen David Adom in Israel as an ambulance technician for four years.
"I'm not sure we necessarily relieve pressure on the accident and emergency centres, but what we do is relieve pressure on ambulances. There are only so many ambulances to go around.
"And there are also a limited number of places an ambulance can come from, but we are able to assess the scene very quickly and provide any necessary treatment as well as relaying information to the control centre.
"The biggest problem we encounter is people calling an ambulance way too often for silly things which places a huge burden on the emergency phone lines."
Estate agent Benjy added: "We can get to a scene within four minutes and provide good quality care that hands patients a higher chance of survival.
"I hope that more people will decide to take the course because it makes a huge difference. We train once a month."
For 37-year-old Benjy, combining life-saving with raising four kids is challenging, but rewarding.
"I keep running out of the house and it's not unusual for these jobs to take place late at night," he remarked.
"I enjoy every minute of it because knowing that your actions can make a big difference to someone, and even save their life, gives you a good feeling.
"We have our own medical equipment bags to take to the scene and it can be quite nerve-wracking."
To become a first responder, no previous experience or training is required and people can commit as much or as little time as they feel able, with four hours being the ideal weekly availability.