Community first responders

Community first responders

About Community First Responders and Co-Responders

The ambulance service strives to get to patients as quickly as possible. Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers that are trained and despatched by UK ambulance services.

South Central Ambulance Charity supports over 1,200 Community First Responders, medical students, military, police and fire Co-Responders. These Community First Responders and Co-Responders are trained to respond to life-threatening emergencies. They are deployed by South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre and form an integral part of the ambulance service’s emergency patient response.

Volunteer responders provide essential life-saving treatment and support in those crucial minutes before the ambulance crew arrives. This includes responding to patients of all ages suffering a life threatening emergency such as cardiac arrest, heart attack, breathing difficulties or a stroke. Our volunteers are trained by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

These volunteers come from every walk of like. What they have in common is their desire to make a difference by volunteering to support patient care in emergency situations. Each year they attend over 30,000 incidents across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. CFRs and Co-Responders give up their time to help save lives in their community.

SCAS Charity funds the uniform, equipment and training for our volunteer responders. They are trained and managed by SCAS’s Community Engagement and Training Team.

Find out the areas where we need help the most here Volunteer information – South Central Ambulance Charity (scascharity.org.uk)

Community first responder role descripton

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Community first responder operations manual

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Have you got what it takes?

If you are interested in being a Community First Responder you will need to be: 

      • Physically fit and healthy 
      • Able to carry out effective Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for up to 20 minutes (after training) 
      • Over the age of 18 
      • A car owner with a full UK driving licence 
      • Able to volunteer for 20 hours or more per month 
      • Prepared to have a disclosure and barring service check (DBS) 
      • Prepared to assist in raising funds to support our Charity 

In return you can expect:

  • Professional training delivered by clinically qualified staff 
  • Continual professional development 
  • Full support and welfare services 
  • New friendships 
  • Opportunities to assist us at events across our region 

Our volunteers on being a community first responder