Community First Responders (CFRS)

Every day, our 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
  • Fitting
  • Stroke

What kind of emergencies do Community First Responders attend?

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

What does the application process involve?

When you apply to become a CFR, you complete:

An application form

Occupational Health Screening check

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will then be invited for interview where we can find out more about your suitability for this role and your understanding of the requirements. If successful you will be invited to a three day initial training course where you will learn more about:

  • Patient assessment
  • Respiration and airway management
  • Basic life support
  • Defibrillation
  • Circulation and shock
  • Medical related emergencies
  • Trauma related emergencies
  • The pre-hospital environment

You will be required to achieve some organisational induction training including:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Information Governance
  • Safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults

It is important to remember that attending people in critical, life-threatening situations can be upsetting. However, the SWASFT Responder Department makes sure there is someone to help 24 hours a day.

If you would like to support your local community and make it a safer place to live, please get in touch. Vacancies are advertised on