Last Friday we were privileged to enjoy an evening with our wonderful Volunteer Community First Responders and Co Responders as we hosted their summer thank you event, at the Salix Beach Café.
Our interim CEO Maggie Oldham was present to thank the volunteers for the amazing community work they carry out for us. Chris Smith, Clinical Director and Head of Ambulance also gave a speech saying what an asset the Community First Responder Scheme is to the Ambulance Service and how the volunteers are very much appreciated for all they do.
We currently have total of 12 Community First/Co-Responders with a further 11 soon to be joining the team following successful completion of their foundation training. Community First Responders are local unpaid volunteers who are trained and dispatched by the NHS ambulance service to attend life threatening medical emergencies and provide life support until the arrival of the local statutory NHS Ambulance Service.
Research has shown that in cases of cardiac arrest, fast access to emergency life support skills and equipment can increase pre-hospital survival rates from 5% to as much as 74%. There is also sufficient evidence that in the event of a cardiac arrest where the casualty’s heart is in a shockable rhythm, for every minute that passes without defibrillation their chance of survival decreases by 10%.
Community First Responders usually use their own cars with no blue lights or sirens, but being local means they can be on scene with a casualty in just a few minutes. They provide vital support until the arrival of the NHS Ambulance Service, sometimes making the difference between life and death.
If you would like to know more about becoming a CFR please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ATCoRS team on 534111