Emergency medical care
|Organisation||St John Ambulance|
100 Lionel St
Community First Responders
Our community first responders (CFRs) respond to local emergency calls and provide life saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.St John Ambulance community first responder volunteer
Community first responders are trained to assess the situation, providing immediate first aid if needed, and establish the patient’s previous medical history. Sometimes they can simply be a very vital second pair of hands to an ambulance crew when they arrive.
As well as basic first aid equipment, they carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and are trained and equipped to provide oxygen therapy.
Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference.
In 2014, our community first responders attended 10,000 emergency call outs
The schemes operate as a community partnership between St John Ambulance and local ambulance service trusts. We have over 300 community first responders volunteering in communities across England.
Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home or place of work. They are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance via ambulance control to attend Category A 'immediately life-threatening' calls. These calls can include:
• cardiac arrest
• diabetic emergency
• unresponsive patient
• breathing difficulties