Community First Responders are real lifesavers
Every second counts when someone has a serious illness and simple interventions can be performed by CFRs to save lives or prevent disability.
First responders help provide emergency life saving care to patients. They are charities founded and run by volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls directed through EMAS control.
The on-call CFR is dispatched by EMAS at the same time as an ambulance response and because by definition they live in the local area where the incident has taken place, they can be first on the scene providing essential treatment, while ambulance crews travel to the scene.
CFR volunteers help us do what matters the most – save patients lives and reduce the risk of the patients condition worsening. We are proud to work alongside CFR schemes throughout the East Midlands, including St John, Red Cross, Royal Lifesavers, Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES), Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response
and Fire and Rescue Co-responders.
EMAS Community First Responders
- Would you like to make a difference?
- Are you able to give up some free time to train in essential life
- Could you provide emergency life saving care to a member of your
community until an emergency ambulance arrives?
Then you may be interested in joining or setting up a Community First Responder (CFR) Scheme.
What are CFRs?
Community First Responders (CFRs) provide vital life-saving care in their local neighbourhood or workplace until the arrival of an emergency ambulance. CFR schemes in the East Midlands are coordinated by East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS).
The EMAS Community Defibrillation Officers (CDO) and Community Resucitation Development Officers (CRDO) provide support during the process of setting up a scheme and then provides ongoing support. As part of this process, EMAS, in partnership with other voluntary organisations, train all volunteers in life saving skills and the use of equipment. As soon as this process is complete, EMAS’ Emergency Control Room is advised that a new scheme has been introduced. Ambulance Control staff then alert the ‘on-call’ volunteer when help is required.
EMAS encourages volunteers to manage their scheme independently and to introduce ‘on-call’ rotas to suit the needs of the members.
Why are CFRs needed?
EMAS always provides the fastest possible response to emergency calls using its conventional resources such as ambulances and fast response cars. However, for patients experiencing cardiac arrest every second counts - for every minute that passes without defibrillation a person’s chances of survival can decrease by up to 10%.
The fact is, in the more rural and hard to reach areas of the East Midlands we serve and also in the workplace, Community First Responders have a much better chance of providing the immediate help needed prior to the arrival of an EMAS crew.
In addition to dealing with cardiac arrests, Community First Responders can provide help to patients suffering from medical conditions such as a heart attack or breathing difficulties. By using simple techniques - such as putting someone into the recovery position - you could save a life.
The types of emergency calls which Community Responders are sent to are carefully chosen and an ambulance is always dispatched at the same time as the CFR is alerted.
Could you be a CFR?
- Are you up for a challenge?
- Would you like to help people in your community?
- Can you give up some free time?
- Do you want to learn essential life saving skills?
- Do you hold a full, clean driving license?
- Are you in reasonable good health?
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions then you are just the sort of person we are looking for.
Find out more
East Midlands Ambulance Service work with partners across the region to set up and deliver Community First Responder Schemes.
To find out more about your nearest scheme and how to get involved, please click here to use our online contact form.