What We Do
We provide first-response medical care in the Stourdene region of South Warwickshire for emergencies that are deemed immediately life threatening. We do this in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service.
“It’s the best feeling in the
Community First Responder
Schemes are teams of volunteers who are trained by ambulance services to a
nationally recognised level that enables them to provide lifesaving treatment
to people in their local communities. Community First Responders (CFRs) are always
backed up with the nearest available emergency vehicle and crew.
and NHS Guidelines stipulate that a person in difficulty suffering from a heart
attack, stroke etc should be stabilized within 8 minutes for any chance of
survival and that in doing so this person will have an 80% chance of survival
if stabilised within 2 minutes. However for every minute past that 2 minute
time, the person's chance of survival drops by 10% per minute.
trained to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - a machine that can
deliver a potentially life-saving shock to a patient in cardiac arrest.
In addition they are trained in the use of oxygen/airway therapy, basic life support
skills and the use of equipment to make observations such as temperature, blood
pressure and Oxygen-saturation.
CFRs are primarily called to attend ’Category A’ emergency calls. These
are 999 calls which the West Midlands Ambulance Service deems to be ’Serious
and/or life threatening’ and therefore by their very nature need medical help
to arrive as quickly as possible - usually within the first 8 minutes from the
999 call being made.
A calls can happen at home, work or in public places and are usually where the
patient is suffering from some of the following illnesses or symptoms:-
- Cardiac arrest
- Unconscious and collapsed patients
- Chest pains (e.g. heart attacks and acute angina)
- Breathing difficulties (e.g. asthma, acute on-set bronchitis/emphysema)
- Diabetic emergencies (e.g. hypoglycaemia)
- Fitting or convulsions (e.g. epilepsy)
- Stroke (CVA)
- Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
- Choking patients
Click here to find out how we work and here to learn how West Midlands Ambulance Service values CFR schemes.