Most would assume that the basic equipment would be provided by the Ambulance Service. The Community First Responder Scheme, however, recieves only operational support and training. ALL of the equipment and running costs are paid for by public donation and support from local companies or associations.
It costs around £3,000 to equip each responder, so any donation large or small can really help to make a difference.
If you would like to donate please contact us.
Volunteers can be male or female, aged over eighteen years. They must have access to a car and be able to attend emergency calls from either their home or place of work as soon as they are received.
Whilst a responder is on call in their local area or at their workplace, they can continue with their normal activities until a call is received. They can attend if possible or reject the call if deemed inappropriate.
A Community First Responder needs to be extremely reliable and trustworthy, adaptable, able to remain calm under pressure, be caring when dealing with patients and have a reasonable level of physical fitness.
Prospective responders have to undergo a DBS which is carried out by the Ambulance Trust following a successful interview.
For more information, details of the scheme or to join, contact us and provide us with:
-Your full name -Postal address (including postcode) -Contact telephone number -Email address
-Details of any previous voluntary/medical experience (although previous experience is not essential as full training will be given)
Our CFR Recruitment Officer will be in touch about attending a meeting.