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.
To find out if we are recruiting for Community First Responders in your area visit our recruitment site
If you are interested in being a Community First Responder you will need to be: