Community First Responders 

Community First Responders are volunteers that are trained and equipped by the ambulance service to answer certain types of medical emergencies in the local community while the ambulance is on its way.

When the ambulance service receives a call from our area and if the call is suitable for a volunteer to attend, the responder receives a message on a mobile phone alerting them to attend. This means that help can be on its way within seconds of the call being made. Responders can arrive at the incident while the person is still making the 999 call!

Responders are not sent to all 999 calls in their area, only the life threatening calls where time can make a difference. Remembering that sudden cardiac arrest is the UK's single biggest killer, and that the chance of successful resuscitation reduces by 10% every minute, there is every possibility that we will arrive before the ambulance and these seconds and minutes could make a difference to someone living in our community.

There is good evidence that when people are trained to help someone while the ambulance is on the way, more lives are saved, and because we operate in our local neighbourhood there is every possibility that we will arrive before the ambulance and these seconds and minutes can make all the difference.

At present, we have three fully trained responders working within the team in Epwell. Julia Neal, Gavin Lloyd-Thomas and Chris Baker. We operate a rota system, taking turns to be 'on call' and having the life saving equipment including a defibrillator and oxygen. We regularly update our training and attend scenario nights to improve our skills further.