The Responder Role

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We attend 999 calls where time can make the difference between life and death. Chest Pain, Breathing Difficulties, Cardiac Arrest, Unconsciousness, Fitting, Haemorrhage and Diabetic Emergencies.

The responder provides treatment, care and support to the patient and relatives until the arrival of the ambulance, then assist the ambulance crew.

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What are Responders?

Responders are members of the public living or working in your community, Co-responders work in the fire service or or HM Forces and Staff responders work for the ambulance service.

Trained by the ambulance service and sent as a complementary addition to, not a substitute for, an ambulance to potentially life-threatening emergencies.

The Need

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Why have Responders?

No ambulance service can place a paramedic on every street corner or in every village, even if it could often there is more than one emergency. This means it will take time to get an ambulance to you.

Time is critical in a life threatening situation - responders can be with you in minutes, start your care and be ready to hand over to the ambulance crew.

  • Becoming a First Responder

    England Health Authorities Map You need to be -

    • Over 18 years of age and physically fit.
    • Able to achieve a satisfactory standard of proficiency after training.
    • Sympathetic, with a caring approach to people.
    • A respected member of the community with a mature outlook on life.
    • Able to work as part of a team.
    • Honest, trustworthy, reliable and compassionate.


  • First Responder Training

    AED The course provides you with the knowledge and skills to deliver emergency first aid and resuscitation to a patient prior to the arrival of a health care professional.

    The programme will train you in necessary health and safety requirements, in communication and risk assessment to enable you to operate in a safe and ethical manner in line with ambulance service policies.


  • First Responder Equipment

    CFR Kit Responders typically carry:

    - Oxygen Cylinder
    - Oxygen Masks
    - Pulse Oximeter
    - Handheld Suction Devices
    - CPR Pocket Face Mask
    - First Aid Kits
    - Patient Report forms
    - Automated External Defibrillator


  • The Benefits

    Being a CFR benefits the Community you live in, obviously but there are other benefits. Having gone through the qualification process and DRB check any potential employer will know you have certain qualities others would have to demonstrate in other ways, for example you;

    • will be of good character
    • demonstrate commitment
    • show social responsibility
    • can deal with a crisis
    • have first aid skills beyond FAW
    • care about others
    • can work alone effectively

    In an interview or on a CV you can call on any of your practical experiences to answer questions about times you have demonstrated leadership, decision making, good judgement, confidence, conflict management and many other skills.

Featured News

Cycle paramedic respond to police calls
Tuesday February 09, 2016

A cycle paramedic in the City of London will start responding to police calls to get a speedier response to patients.

Volunteers win district award in Essex
Tuesday February 09, 2016

A group of life-saving volunteers have been commended by peers and dignitaries alike after winning the 'unsung hero award'

Ready to find out more?

Join our CFR Network and speak to people in your area who are volunteering as CFRs right now and the many Health Care Professionals who support us.

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