Making A Vital Difference - The Directory Group

Making a vital difference

Life-saving volunteers from across the community are being sought by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).

Community First Responders are urgently needed to help save more lives in Horndean, Petersfield, and across the county.

The volunteer responders are called by SCAS to attend potentially life-threatening incidents, such as cardiac arrests or strokes - often helping to save lives of people in their local communities by being at a scene very quickly in those crucial first few moments before paramedics arrive.

Terry Kane, SCAS community liaison and training officer for Hampshire, said: “Community First Responders (CFRs) are extremely important. Because each CFR lives or works in their ‘patch’, they can often reach a patient a few minutes earlier than an emergency ambulance. They have the skills and equipment to immediately begin assessing and treating the patient before the paramedics arrive and those few minutes can make all the difference between life and death.”

If you are interested in joining SCAS as a volunteer you will need to be over the age of 18, physically fit and healthy, able to carry out effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for up to 20 minutes (after training) and be a car owner with a full UK driving licence. Volunteers must be able to commit to be on call for a minimum of 20 hours each month, which can be arranged flexibly around existing work, family or other commitments.

Community First Responders (CFRs) receive full training by SCAS to provide life-saving treatment and if they are sent to an emergency they are always backed up with the nearest available ambulance. Every six months, all CFRs must complete training to refresh their skills and there are optional monthly training sessions.

Nic Morecroft, lead community response manager for SCAS, said: “Our Community First Responders make a vital difference in their communities and save lives every day. With the demand for emergency ambulances increasing every year, the role of the CFR has never been more important than it is today.”

To find out more about the role of a CFR, call 0800 587 0207 or email cfr@scas.nhs.uk

The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley