Feb 10 2012

Harrow Community First Responders Open Evening – February 16, 2012

Harrow Community First Responders are looking volunteers to be trained to respond to calls alongside London Ambulance Service. You must be over 18 and have held a full driving licence for over one year.

This event will be hosted jointly by the London Ambulance Service and the St John Ambulance. Presentations will be given on the roll of the Community First Responder and how they play an important role in the care of the community.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Responder please come along and find out what it is all about.  Download the event poster.

  • Time: 19.00
  • Price: Free Event

For further information contact:

  • Marian Thompson
  • Phone: 020 7258 7025
  • Email: cfr@london.sja.org.uk
  • Visit: www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/acr

What Are First Responders?

Dr Richard Cummins, from Seattle, discovered that if a series of events took place in a set sequence, a heart attack victim has a greater chance of survival. These events are known as the “Chain of Survival”. When put into practice by increasing public awareness, training in basic life support and community based defibrillators; these events have improved the pre-hospital survival rate to between 25% and 30%.

Whenever an emergency 999 call is made, an emergency Ambulance is immediately dispatched and a first responder is also directed to the emergency.
First Responders are asked by the Ambulance Communications Centre to attend emergencies in their area. The types of emergencies attended may range from collapse due to medical problems and accidents in the home or public place.

First Responder groups consist of 10 – 15 volunteers from the local community. One member of the group is designated as the ‘group coordinator’. All the volunteers live and work in the local area, and with a rota scheme,ideally ( but realistically not always possible) one member of the volunteer group is available and ‘on call’, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.Different schemes operate on duty schedules according to availability and area of cover required, this may create a period of non coverage.

First Responders are volunteer members of the community who are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the Ambulance Service. Responders provide immediate care to patients in their local areas where distance may delay the prompt arrival of an ambulance. They are trained to deliver Basic Life Support and de-fibrillation to patients in Cardiac Arrest and appropriate calls including oxygen administration to patients suffering from a range of conditions.

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