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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 cfr@scas.nhs.uk 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
Sparrowgrove
Otterborne
Winchester
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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