StART is a group of trained volunteers who live in the community and make themselves available to attend medical emergencies when requested by the ambulance service in response to 999 calls.

We respond, prior to the arrival of the ambulance, to serious medical and other life threatening conditions, including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, chest pain, unconsciousness, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding and minor trauma. 

There are some calls that we wouldn’t be asked to attend which include fire, severe trauma, spinal injuries, industrial accidents, road traffic collisions, any accidents involving violence or aggression, alcohol or drug related incidents and maternity or gynaecological emergencies.

Responders carry and are trained to use a full range of equipment including a defibrillator and oxygen.