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Community First Responders

The Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is a life-saving partnership between Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) and local communities.

As authorised volunteers for YAS, Community First Responders form teams located in communities across Yorkshire as part of a wider initiative which aims to help reduce the number of pre-hospital deaths in Yorkshire.
New recruits will join hundreds of volunteers living in local communities across the region who are trained to provide life-saving treatment to residents in their area in the vital first minutes of an emergency until our ambulance clinicians arrive.

YAS is committed to providing the high quality services to and care to all those living in, or passing through, Yorkshire and this initiative undoubtedly helps to achieve this.

CFRs come from all different walks of life and volunteer for many different reasons. Anyone who wants to help their community can become a CFR. No previous medical experience or training is necessary although you will need a caring attitude and be able to cope with potentially distressing situations.

You need to:

  • be aged 18 or older
  • hold a valid, full UK driving licence for at least 12months with no more than three penalty points
  • have access to a car
  • be prepared to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • be prepared to undertake occupational health screening
  • be prepared to take our CFR course.

You will be asked to attend a welcome evening and introduction to Yorkshire Ambulance Service. We will then arrange training in your local area.

Subject to acceptance of your application, and the completion of relevant checks, you will be invited on a training course. The training generally takes around 19 hours and may be delivered on evenings or weekends depending on the needs of the group. The training includes:

  • Introduction to Community First Responding
  • Automated External Defibrillation and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Including the use of all associated equipment
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Treatment of Medical Conditions
  • Responder Safety and Risk Assessment including:

    • Communicating with Patients
    • Health and Safety, Infection Control
    • Completion of Paperwork

Each unit requires the completion of a written and practical assessment which then must be updated every six months.

For more information on Community First Responding or to apply to join the team, please contact the Community Resilience Team office:

Tel: 0845 120 3155
Email: responders@yas.nhs.uk
Alternatively you can write to:
Community Resilience Team
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Brindley Way