Community First Responders, making the difference when minutes matter
Community first responders (CFRs) are in schemes founded and run by volunteers who give up their spare time to attend emergency calls in their own community. They are dispatched by the EMAS Emergency Operations Centre in the same way as an ambulance.
EMAS always provides the fastest possible response to emergency calls using its conventional resources such as ambulances and fast response cars. However, due to their location in the community already, community first responders can often arrive at the scene of the emergency first and provide assessment and treatment prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
- Are you able to provide a minimum of 16 hours per month on call?
- Are you willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and barring service check?
- Do you hold a full, clean driving licence?
- Do you have excellent communication skills?
- Are you physically fit?
- Are you aged over 18?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, then you could be the person we are looking for.
No previous medical or first aid training is required as all CFRs must undergo a bespoke CFR training course which includes but is not limited to an Induction to the role of CFR, Basic Life Support, use of an AED and medical gasses, patient assessment skills and other interventions.
East Midlands Ambulance Service work with partners across the region to set up and deliver community first responder schemes.
Opportunities are available in all the counties we serve: