The Voluntary Community First Responder’s (CFR’s), who live or work in the community, are contacted by Ambulance Control and asked to attend certain emergencies in their area. The types of emergencies include unconsciousness, chest pain, stroke or breathing difficulties and can be in the home, in the street or in the work-place.
An emergency ambulance is always dispatched first to any incident attended by a First Responder, whose aim is to reach a potentially life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives on scene.
CFR’s are not expected to attend emergencies involving road accidents, young children or those considered unsafe or situations that are known to be violent.
The responders are trained and managed by the East of England Ambulance Trust NHS (EEAST), no experience or first aid is necessary as training and support is given. It would be an ideal opportunity to gain experience if you are considering joining the medical or ambulance service. Applicants must:
• be physically fit and a car driver • aged between 18 – 70 • agree to a DBS check •have a sympathetic, caring nature • agree to undertake training