The initial training comprises of two non-residential weekends which are held within reasonable driving distance. Training is provided by the Ambulance Service and covers Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Upon completion, follow up training is held monthly within the local group.

When first trained, a responder will ‘buddy up’ with a more experienced responder to gain knowledge, experience and confidence in their new and exciting role.



In the following pictures responders are seen practising on their new equipment. They are now trained to take blood pressure using a blood pressure cuff, use a stethoscope and measure oxygen levels with a pulse oxymeter.



Full Training comprises of 3 separate stages and at each stage Community First Responders (CFRs) will have a defined scope of practice.

The First stage in the development of the CFR is a one day course for:

  • Basic Life Support and Automatic Exterior Defibrillator (Adult and Paediatric)
  • Choking (Adult and Paediatric)

Upon completing the Training course they will attend Red 1 Calls only ie: Cardiac Arrests and Choking (Adult and Paediatric)

CFRs can then if they wish further their training on to the Second stage:

The Second stage in the development of the CFR is a three day course, for example:

  • Strokes
  • Fits
  • Chest Pain

Upon completing the 3 day Training course they will attend Red 1 and Red 2 Calls only ie: Life Threatening Emergency Calls

CFRs can then if they wish progress to the Third stage of Training:

The Third Stage in the development of the CFR is a further three modules covering:

  • Administering Salbutamol
  • BVM Techniques
  • Taking Clinical Observations


Community responders in this area carry a range of equipment which is provided by funds raised locally. The equipment is carried in Responder Bags and includes items such as:

  • Map Book and Mobile Phone
  • Semi-automated AED with towel/razor/scissors
  • OP Airways
  • Rescue mask
  • Burns dressings
  • Ambulance dressings and Bandages
  • Swabs
  • 100% O2 masks adult/paediatric
  • Steripod saline solution
  • Torch

The equipment list (and associated training) is updated as required by the ambulance serviceWe are also issued with high visibility jackets to identify us. 


The Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which we carry are used to assist with restoration of a normal heart rhythm to a patient in difficulty.