Community first responders
Reliable, calm in an emergency, and
passionate about helping your community. Sound like you?
If yes, you could become a community first
As a St John Ambulance community first responder (CFR), you’ll
provide emergency treatment to people in your local area. You’ll be
dispatched by your NHS ambulance service to certain types of
medical emergency (999) calls, and respond in your own car to
patients in their homes, workplaces or public locations.
Having someone in the community who has been trained in first
aid, and can reach the patient quickly, makes all the
A CFR call can involve anything from simply reassuring the
patient until the emergency services arrive, to providing immediate
emergency treatment. Above all, it’s about being there for people
in your community.
If you’re passionate about providing long-term community
support, we’d love to hear from you.
You’ll be on-call from your home or work address. You don’t need
any previous experience - we provide all the training you need,
- • induction for the role including first aid training
- • on-going training and support run jointly by St John
Ambulance and the NHS Ambulance Trust.
What you need:
- • Your own car
- • A minimum of two years’ driving experience.
‘As a community first responder, I can be at home, ready in my
uniform and carrying on with my life as normal. If I get sent to
respond to a 999 call, my kit is all ready to put in the car and
I’m good to go! Volunteering has given me a purpose and made me
realise what’s important in life – I used to get extremely stressed
at work with a high-pressure job, but now I’m much more patient and
understanding. It’s amazing knowing I’ve made a difference to
someone’s life.’ – Tor, Community First
Find out more
Our information evenings, held across London, give you the
opportunity to find out more about Community First Responders.
If you'd like to attend one, please register your
interest. We'll then be able to check if there is a
unit in your area and whether you meet our criteria. You'll then be
invited to attend a local information evening.
Roles in this category include:
||Minimum time commitment
Community first responder - You’ll be dispatched
to be the first responder on the scene of 999 emergency calls.
||5-8 hours per
week on a shift basis
first aid experience required
|Unit community first responder
lead - You’ll be responsible for liaison, support and
coordination of the delivery of CFR services.
||6 hours per week, during evenings and
training as a community first responder