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Hadleigh Community First Responders

Community First Responders

Who Are Hadleigh Community First Responders

We are a group of volunteers who respond to emergency calls in the Hadleigh area where we live or work on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service. Our aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the Ambulance crew arrive on scene.

Community First Responders ( CFRs )are dispatched to thepatient by Ambulance Control to an area where the ambulance cannot realistically reach the collapsed patient within the first 8 minutes. Our purpose is to try to make a difference in our community, helping to stabilise the collapsed patient and, in doing so, help to keep the patient alive until the arrival of the more highly skilled Ambulance crew, who are trained to undertake further life saving techniques.

The concept of Community First Responders originated in America through work undertaken by Dr Richard Cummins. He discovered that if a series of events took place in a set sequence, the patient suffering a cardiac arrest had a greater chance of survival. These events are known as the ‘Chain of Survival’

If the Ambulance Service can send a Community First Responder who is trained in basic life support, the use of a defibrillator and in administering oxygen to the collapsed patient within three to four minutes, the patient’s chances of survival will increase by 10% for every minute that the Community First Responder is there prior to the arrival of the Ambulance crew.

Who to contact

Group coordinator
Social Media
 Find us on Facebook

Note: we can ONLY be activated by the Ambulance Service. If we are needed a 999 call MUST BE MADE!

Where to go

Area served
Hadleigh, Babergh

Other details

Age Groups
Pre-school, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people

We can provide very basic lifesaving first aid skills or a general talk inc how and when to use a Defibrillator. These are informal non certificate sessions to suit your group.

More like this

Training courses
Learning skills


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999 still safe Please use Rated 5 out of 5
East of England Ambulance Service are seeing a vastly reduced number of calls to 999 We urge the elderly and those with life threatening conditions not to be afraid to call. Every precaution is in place to isolate you from COVID-19. Please don't leave it until it's too late if you need help we are here 24/7

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Review submitted on 24/04/2020


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