Community First Responders

Community First Responders are local volunteers trained and equipped by the ambulance service to attend certain types of 999 emergency calls within their local community. They carry a medical kit that includes an oxygen cylinder and masks, airways, a defibrillator and other first aid equipment. CFRs are trained in life support to help patients with chest pain, in cardiac arrest, breathing problems, severe bleeding, diabetic emergencies and unconscious casualties; all incidents where seconds count.

Studies have shown that the early response to medical emergencies such as cardiac problems greatly enhance the patients chances of recovery. For example, following a cardiac arrest (where the heart stops beating) a person’s chance of survival decreases by 10% for every minute they wait for help to arrive.

Following a ‘999’ call, the CFR is contacted by mobile phone with details of the call and at the same time an ambulance is dispatched. The CFR will deliver immediate medical support then hand over to the ambulance crew on arrival and continue to assist as necessary.

CFRs receive 2 days of initial training, have monthly training update opportunities and are re-assessed every 6 months.

CFRs are volunteers and although the equipment is provided by the South Central Ambulance League of Friends, the team has raised funds to cover the cost of the equipment and ongoing updates.

If you would like to make a donation to support the work of the CFRs or are interested in becoming a CFR and provide lifesaving cover to your area, or just interested in what they do,   more information can be found using the following link

Unfortunately Upton group of Community Responders broke up and closed down early in 2019 due to a lack of trained volunteers.


Last edited Dec. 2019