The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are currently recruiting across Cornwall for volunteer Community First Responders. Applications close on 18th September so you don’t have long if you want to apply! Follow the link here for more information or here to apply.
Every day, volunteer Community First Responders from across the South West attend emergencies within their local communities. Sometimes the difference is providing reassurance prior to the arrival of an ambulance; sometimes it is saving someone’s life.
CFRs attend particular types of medical emergencies where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care. This includes conditions such as:
- Cardiac arrest
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Unconscious patients
You do not need any previous medical training to become a CFR. SWASFT currently has a whole host of people available to save lives in their local community, including nurses, engineers, postal workers and teachers. You do need:
- A full driving licence
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- The ability to observe and accurately record details
- The ability to take the lead and remain calm in pressured situations