Community First Responders are volunteer members of the community who are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the Ambulance Service.
They are trained to provide immediate care to patients in rural areas where distance may delay the prompt arrival of an ambulance. CFRs do not replace the West Midlands Ambulance Service but as they are based within the community in which they either live or work, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency call in a very short time, often within the first few minutes and in the majority of incidents they will be first on scene.
Community First Responders are able to administer vital, life-saving first aid treatment before the arrival of an Ambulance crew. This early intervention increases the patient’s chance of survival or may just provide the simple reassurance that the ambulance crew are on their way.
In the U.K. 135,000 people die each year due to what is commonly known as a heart attack or myocardial infarction and around two thirds of these deaths happen outside of the hospital environment. Death is often due to a lethal, but treatable, electrical abnormality in the heart called ventricular fibrillation (VF) and only one treatment has been found to be effective – defibrillation, with an
Automatic External Defibrillator – they are easy to use and talk the user through step-by-step instructions. Minutes save lives. The sooner a defibrillator is used the better chance the patient has of surviving. After a patient has collapsed following a heart attack and is having VF, every minute that a defibrillator is not used reduces the chances of survival by 7-10 %. This is where a Community First Responder can save lives.
The Barlaston group are self-financing and due to the generosity of residents they have been able to buy everything they need to keep up to date. However, money not always the answer – they need new recruits if the group is to survive.
Anyone from the age of 18 can be a First Responder and you don’t need any previous medical training as you will be trained by WMAS. As long as you live or work in Barlaston or close enough to respond quickly, you can apply. Please tell your friends, tell your neighbours and if you feel able to help or would like more information, contact the Group’s co-ordinator Marie Goodall on 01782 373279 or email for an application form, email@example.com