Community first responders

Community first responders are real lifesavers

Community first responders (CFRs) are in schemes founded and run by volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate emergency calls in their own community. They are dispatched by the EMAS Emergency Operations Centre.

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%.  

In the more rural and hard to reach areas of the East Midlands, community first responders have a much better chance of providing the immediate help needed prior to the arrival of an EMAS crew.  

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 lifesaving skills?  
  • Do you hold a full, clean driving licence?
  • Are you in reasonable good health?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions then you could be the person we are looking for. 

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East Midlands Ambulance Service work with partners across the region to set up and deliver community first responder schemes. 

Opportunities are available in all of the counties we serve:

1. Derbyshire
2. Leicestershire
3. Lincolnshire
4. Northamptonshire
5. Nottinghamshire
6. Rutland 

To apply, please visit Apply EMAS responders and have to hand the following information: your name, address, telephone and mobile number, the county (list above) you wish to respond in, your date of birth, driver licence and national insurance number, and a supporting statement (maximum 200 words). 

For general enquiries about becoming a CFR email

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