Make the difference and volunteer as a Community First Responder in Bridlington, Filey and Hunmanby

28 October 2020

Man taking blood pressure of woman sat on a bench

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is calling for new volunteers to become Community First Responders (CFRs) in Bridlington, Filey and Hunmanby.

CFRs attend medical emergencies in their community and provide vital care, comfort and reassurance in the moments before an ambulance arrives. They are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and carry an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and oxygen, as well as basic first aid equipment. No previous medical experience is required.

Potential CFRs are invited to find out more about the role and register their interest by contacting Patricia Kilner, Community Defibrillation Trainer for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, via email at

Patricia Kilner said: “CFRs make an extremely valuable contribution to their communities. We know that in many medical emergencies, such as a heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be given within those first minutes, lives can be saved.

“We have established schemes in Bridlington, Filey and Humanby, but would welcome a boost to volunteer numbers so we can provide additional cover.

“CFRs come from all walks of life and volunteer for a variety of reasons. Many people find it rewarding to help people in need and give something back, while others benefit from learning new skills, meeting new people and becoming more connected with their local community.”

Full training is provided for the role and there is support every step of the way, including advice on current guidelines about administering CPR in a COVID-safe way. You simply need to be aged over 18 and have a full driving licence with no more than three penalty points.

If you would like more information, phone 0333 130 0516, email or visit

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