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.
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)
Want to know more? Ready to apply?
Call us on 01962 898090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To get a feel of being a CFR please watch the video below.