Community First Responder

Community First Responders (CFRs) use life-saving skills, such as the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED), to provide early and often vital intervention for patients suffering life-threatening emergencies in the immediate vicinity of where they live or work.

Once an ambulance crew arrives at the scene, CFRs work alongside a clinically qualified practitioner. Community First Responders are trained by us to provide life-saving treatment at a recognised level and they are always backed up with the nearest available ambulance. Every six months, there is a compulsory training to refresh skills. There is also an opportunity for CFRs to have montly refresher training on skills or treatment .


A Community Responder must be aged 18 years or over, physically fit a responsible member of the community with a mature outlook on life and have a sympathetic and caring approach to people. You will have to pass an enhanced CRB check carried out by SCAS, and must hold a full driving license. You must also have access to your own vehicle, which should be appropriately taxed and insured, and it will be necessary to have written confirmation from your insurance company permitting you to attend incidents as a CFR in your vehicle.


  • Age restrictions
    18+ only
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Please check with organisation
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
    Depends on venue
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

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