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Community First Responders (CFRs)

 

What is a Community First Responder scheme?


Community First Responder Schemes are teams of volunteers who are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and provide lifesaving treatment to people in their local communities. Community First Responders are always backed up with the nearest available emergency vehicle.

 

 

Why are the Schemes so important?

 

The government’s white paper “Saving Lives - Our Healthier Nation”, stressed the importance of early public access defibrillation. In partnership with the British Heart Foundation the West Midlands Ambulance Service set up Community First Responder schemes across the region.

 

In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability. West Midlands Ambulance Service is committed to providing the highest standard of pre-hospital patient care at all times.

 

 

Defibrillation


In the U.K. 135,000 people die each year due to what is commonly known as a heart attack or myocardial infarction. 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.

The Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) 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 the chances of survival reduces by 10 %. This is where a Community First Responder can save lives.

 

 

Recruitment


Volunteers should be:

  • Aged 18 +
  • Have a current driving licence
  • Be physically fit
  • Be able to attend incidents whilst at home or work
  • Have a caring nature and be willing to help raise the profile of the schemes in local areas
  • Successful applicants will need to pass a Criminal Records Bureau check

 


Training and assessment


In order to be a volunteer you must attend a training course. The I.H.C.D. ‘First Person On Scene’ award is held over 4 weekends. The course covers the following aspects of emergency care.

  • Module 1 - Introduction, Basic Life Support and Defibrillation.
  • Module 2 - Medical Emergencies.
  • Module 3 - Traumatic Emergencies.
  • Module 4 - Preparing for Active Duty.


The Community First Responder must also complete training with ambulance crews and a Community Paramedic before going live.

 

 

Continual training


West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide regular training in a variety of subjects.

 

 

Funding


All CFR schemes are designed to be financially self-supporting. Although the Ambulance Service will provide all necessary support, training and the loan of medical equipment, it is likely that CFR schemes will wish to become involved in a variety of fundraising events in support of their work.

 

 

Responding to a call


If a Community First Responder is available and a ‘999’ call is received within a 7 minutes travelling time from their address, the Ambulance Service may pass the details of the case and ask them to respond.

If a Community First Responder is driving to an incident then the Highway Code must be obeyed at all times.

Once on scene the Community First Responder will provide treatment as they have been trained to do until the nearest available emergency vehicle arrives.

 

 

Interested?


If you are interested in becoming a local Community First Responder, why not contact us for details by choosing the relevant location from the right-hand side menu or contact our CFR Admin Office by email or call 01384 215855.

 

 

Why not join the success story?

 

To find out more about CFRs - follow the links below:

 

Why I Became A CFR - Martin Bennett

 

Why I Became A CFR - Rob Nichols

 

Why I Became A CFR - Ash O'Malley

 

Or use the links on the left to navigate the main menu 

 

Contact Us

 

Birmingham

Andy Jeynes
Community Response Manager
Birmingham & Solihull
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Erdington HUB
Opus Aspect
Erdington
Birmingham
B24 0QY

 

Mobile:  07896 175337

Administration:  01384 215855
Email: Birmingham Community Response
Website: FASTAID Community First Responders: Solihull and Birmingham

 

 

Black Country

Andy Jeynes
Acting Community Response Manager
Black Country Locality
Address details as above for Birmingham

 

Mobile: 07896 175337

 

 

South Staffs Peninsula (Codsall down to Kinver)

Cliff Medlicott and Terence Foster
Community Response Managers

Address details as Shropshire below

 

Tel: 01384 215855
Mobile: 07884 050877

Email: Black Country Community Response

Websites:

- FASTAID Black Country Emergency Community Responder Scheme

- South Staffs First Responders

Charity: Treble9 Community First Responders

 

 

Coventry & Warwickshire

Bobby Qayum

Community Response Manager
Coventry & Warwickshire Locality
Warwick HUB
Tournament Fields
Edgehill Drive
Warwick
CV34 6LG

 

Tel: 01785 237207

Mobile: 07795 027284

Email: Coventry and Warwickshire Community Response

Websites:

- Coventry Community Responders Scheme

- Ettington CFR Scheme

- Henley CFR Scheme

- Midlands Emergency Response CFR Scheme

- Rugby CFR Scheme

 

 

Herefordshire, Worcestershire

Noel Orbell
Community Response Manager
Herefordshire Locality
Hereford Ambulance Station
Ross Road
Grafton
Hereford
HR2 8BH

 

Tel: 01384 215620

Mobile: 07980 094808

Fax: 01384 266797

Email: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Community Response

Websites:

- Hereford & Worcester CFR Scheme

- Vale of Evesham CFR Scheme

 

 

Shropshire
Cliff Medlicott
Community Response Manager 
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Shrewsbury Hub
Mercian Close
Longden Road
Shrewsbury
SY3 9EA
 
Tel: 01384 215855

Mobile:  07884 050877
Email:
Shropshire Community Response

 

 

Staffordshire
Victoria Tufail
Community Response Manager
Staffordshire Locality HQ
Unit 2, Tollgate Drive
Tollgate Industrial Estate
Stafford
Staffordshire
ST16 3HS

 

Mobile: 07920 278447

Email: Staffordshire Community Response