Posted on Feb 17, 2013 in Latest News


As the summer approaches the Community First Responder (CFR) scheme that operates in South Northants is on the look out for more volunteers to be in trained in life-saving during the coming year.

CFR volunteers help to save lives in their local communities throughout the East Midlands and across the UK as a whole. They can provide life-saving care if the patient’s condition is serious and give reassurance to patients and family prior to the arrival of the ambulance.

The responders gain confidence, skills, knowledge and new friends through their local schemes and volunteering can be flexible to work around the individual. They are trained to give initial help to people suffering from medical emergencies such as chest pains, breathing problems, strokes, collapses and cardiac arrests.

CFR’s give as little or as much time as they can to be ‘on call’ working on a rota basis and may be activated by the Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre should a suitable ‘999’ call be made from the responder’s local area. Because they live or work in their own communities they can often arrive sooner than the ambulance which can make all the difference in situations such as a cardiac arrest where the patient has stopped breathing.

The equipment responders carry includes an automated external defibrillator (AED), oxygen and other first aid equipment. Training is conducted by the ambulance service to a nationally recognised standard.

We are urgently looking for volunteers in the Villages of Bugbrooke, Blisworth, Roade, Hardingstone and Woodford Halse to set up new groups to help save more lives.

Community First Responders come from all different walks of life and volunteer for many different reasons.

Potential CFR’s need to have a caring attitude, be aged over 18 years, with a full clean driving licence and access to a car and live within Towcester or one of the surrounding villages. Full enhanced criminal records bureau checks are carried out on all CFR’s prior to commencing training.

Your local CFR team needs more volunteers now. Could you make a new year’s resolution to help members of your community in their time of need?

If you are interested in finding out more information with a view to volunteering as a CFR, then please get in touch with the group coordinator via the website: click here for Contact Us page.