Emergency First Responders

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Name: Emergency First Responders
Organisation: South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Location: Trust Headquarters,, Abbey Court, Eagleway, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7HY

Description

Community First Responders:
The Trust covers one of the most rural areas of the UK and we are committed to providing the population of the South West with the highest standard of out-of-hospital care. We are extremely grateful to the many Responders who volunteer to help members of their local community in their time of need. Every day, Responders from across the South West attend emergencies within their local communities. Sometimes the difference is providing reassurance prior to the arrival of an ambulance; sometimes it is saving someone's life. A range of Responders volunteer to make that difference, including:

· Community First Responders - volunteers who support their local community by attending emergency calls ahead of an ambulance;
· St John Ambulance Community First Responders - volunteers who under their work with St John Ambulance, respond within their local community ahead of an ambulance;
· Fire Co-Responders - retained fire fighters who attend emergency calls on behalf of the Trust, as part of their day to day role with the fire and rescue service;
· RNLI Co-Responders - life guards who patrol beaches and respond to local incidents;
· Establishment Based Responders - staff who respond to an incident that may occur during their normal working date, for example in a railway station or shopping centre;
· Staff Responders - ambulance clinicians who volunteer to attend emergencies in their local communities on their day off.

Current recruitment locations:
If you would like to support your local community and make it a safer place to live, please get in touch. Vacancies are advertised on www.jobs.nhs.uk.

What kind of emergencies do Community First Responders attend?
CFRs attend particular types of medical emergencies where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care. This includes conditions such as:

· cardiac arrest;
· chest pain;
· breathing difficulties;
· unconscious patients;
· fitting;
· stroke.

CFRs are not sent to particular types of incidents, due to concerns for their personal or scene safety - these include:
· road traffic collisions;
· excess drugs or alcohol incidents.


Vacancies are advertised on www.jobs.nhs.uk.

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Organisation Description

The Trust covers one of the most rural areas of the UK and we are committed to providing the population of the South West with the highest standard of out-of-hospital care. We are extremely grateful to the many Responders who volunteer to help members of their local community in their time of need.

Every day, Responders from across the South West attend emergencies within their local communities. Sometimes the difference is providing reassurance prior to the arrival of an ambulance; sometimes it is saving someone's life.


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Cause / Interests

  • Medicine
  • Social Care

Types of Activity

  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • First Aid

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

You do not need any previous medical training to become a CFR. SWASFT currently has a whole host of people available to save lives in their local community, including nurses, engineers, postal workers and teachers. You do need:

· a full driving licence;

· good interpersonal and communication skills;

· the ability to observe and accurately record details;

· the ability to take the lead and remain calm in pressured situations;


Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: Age/Gender Restrictions: None
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

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