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How do I Volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer community first responder?

If you are interested, you will:

  • Aiding us to help save lives.
  • Helping people in your community.
  • Benefiting from essential lifesaving skills and techniques.
  • Helping to raise the profile of the schemes in local areas.

If you are physically fit, (you need to be able to comfortably carry a medium sized response bag and perform CPR at the patients side until the ambulance arrives and is able to take over) aged 18 years or over, hold a full UK current driving license and have access to a car and can spare some time to help those in need. Then you could be eligible to join the Community First Responders scheme. There is also a requirement to have an Enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau).

What training will you receive?

In order to be a qualified volunteer you must attend one of our training courses. The course is held over 1 full weekend. The course covers the following aspects of emergency care;

  • Scene management.
  • Unconscious casualty management.
  • Airway management.
  • Cardiac arrest.
  • CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation).
  • AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).
  • Management of epilepsy.
  • Diabetic emergencies.
  • Cardiac conditions.
  • Oxygen therapy.
  • Infection control.
  • Respiratory illnesses.
  • Communication and Confidentiality.
  • Preparing for active duty.

The community first responder (CFR) is encouraged to reinforce their training by working a shift with an ambulance crew as an observer within the first year of qualifying.

Training continues

The Community First Responder Liaison And Training Officer (CRLATO) also provides monthly training in a variety of subjects and all Community First Responders are required to attend once every 6 months to remain active.

Join us

If you have what it takes, email us at or ring us on 0800 587 0207

For more information about CFRs, please click here.

If you would like to become a Voluntary Community First Responder please download the application pack here.

The contact details for all areas are as follows:

Lynn Tutton

South Central Ambulance Service
North Wing, Southern House
SO21 2RU

Telephone:  01962 898 000 Ext 8090

If you have any queries about your application or the role in general please speak with either Lynn in the first instance.'

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