Community First Responders
Role of the Community First Responder
A First Responder is a volunteer who has been recruited and
trained to act on behalf of the North East Ambulance Service,
responding to emergency calls when dispatched by ambulance
control. They will deal with a specific list of emergencies
and provide the patient with support and appropriate treatment
until an ambulance arrives.
They exist in towns and villages where it may be
a challenge for the emergency ambulance to arrive within
the crucial first few minutes.
There are three types of First Responders:
- Community First Responders (CFR) will respond
to emergency calls within a three miles radius of their
home. After being alerted by NEAS, they will attend
incidents such as heart attacks, respiratory arrest, chest
pains, and many more.
- Co-Responders are responders from an existing
public service (e.g. police, fire, military etc.) Their
training is the same as a Community First Responder.
They are available for emergency calls while
carrying out their regular work duties.
- Established Base Responders (static
sites) are employees in a public place, trained to use life
saving equipment within the property (usually a
defibrillator). Examples of where you might find EBRs
include airports, railway stations and shopping
Each type of responder has the same aim: to provide immediate
care to a patient where every second counts. The evidence is
clear; a patient who suffers a cardiac arrest stands a much better
chance of survival if a fully trained person with a defibrillator
can attend the patient in the first minutes of collapse.
The following sequence of events has become known as the "Chain
- Early Access (to activate the emergency services)
- Early Basic Life Support (CPR Cardio Pulmonary
- Early Defibrillation (an electric shock to restart the
- Early Advanced Care (paramedic intervention)
Community First Responders are an
integral and valued link in the 'Chain of Survival' in areas that
experience an extended journey time, as they can provide essential
simple treatments in those crucial first few minutes prior to the
arrival of the Ambulance.