Could you volunteer to
be a Community First Responder and help save a life?
We have over 1000 Community First Responders (CFRs) trained to respond to life-threatening emergencies for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) around 300 of them in Hampshire.
All CFRs are volunteers, and they come from every walk of life. What they all have in common is their desire to make a difference by volunteering to help in emergency situations in their community. Each year our Responders attend over 30,000 incidents, we always need new recruits.
We have CFR Schemes across the SCAS area, in both urban and rural areas.
Our CFRs are trained to deliver life-saving skills such as the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), basic airway management and oxygen therapy, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Our volunteers also set a benchmark recently in the ambulance community responder world, as we were the first trust in the UK to send our volunteers to non-injury falls meaning elderly and vulnerable patients spent less time on the floor waiting for help. They also attend when there is a concern for welfare, ahead of an ambulance crew, to rule out an accidental alarm call, ensuring we get the right resource to the patient as quickly as we can.
Our volunteers are trained and supported by SCAS’s Community Engagement and Training Officers, to do something amazing for their community: become a real lifesaver.
To get a feel of being a CFR please watch the video below.
If you are interested in being a CFR you will need to be:
- Physically fit and healthy
- Able to carry out effective CPR for up to 20 minutes (after training)
- Over the age of 18
- A car owner with a full UK driving licence
- Able to volunteer for 20 hours per month
- Prepared to have a disclosure and barring service check (DBS)
Due to the nature of the role the volunteer needs to be physically fit, for example being able to do CPR.
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
We will carry out a DBS check.
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
Community First Responders are supported by the Community Engagement Officers for all their welfare and training.
- Training provided
Training is provided over several weekend courses with additional evenings and days.
- Volunteer induction
Full induction and Training is provided.
- Volunteer Policy
There is CFR Handbook that covers all policies and procedures.
- Volunteers covered by insurance
Volunteers will need to contact their car insurance provider to explain what they are now doing and to have it shown on their policy, this is provided for free by most companies.
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity is available Countywide.
Winchester City Council
British Heart Foundation
Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR)