Our community first responders are volunteers who are trained by us to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.
Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care until the more highly skilled ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment.
Role type: Voluntary
Locations: All counties. Please check the list below for the areas we are currently recruiting for CFRs.
Length of training: Intensive six-day training course. We offer two options for the course depending on which suits you best: three weekdays per week over two weeks OR two weekend days per week over three weekends. (There is a cost of £30 for the initial training course). Due to social distancing, some of the training is now online.
Anyone can become a community first responder but you must:
- be physically fit
- be aged between 18-70
- agree to a disclosure and barring service check (DBS). This was previously known as criminal records bureau disclosure or CRB.
- have a sympathetic, caring nature
- agree to undertake training, which we provide
- have a full driving license and access to a road-worthy car.
Where are we are recruiting?
- We are recruiting in various locations across all counties. please contact us to see if you are in an area we are recruiting into.
Want to join the team?
If you feel you could become a community first responder or a supporter and need more information, call 0345 601 3733 (01603 481220 out of hours).
You can complete our online form or please email your request for information to: CFR@eastamb.nhs.uk