Community First Responders



Dear All,

We are currently trying to add to the volunteered hours of ‘Community First Responder’ service   and admin/fundraising  support  for our Village populations in Lackford, Flempton, the Fornhams, Ingham, Culford, surrounding villages and West Bury St Edmunds. This service is provided under the guidance and governance of the East of England Ambulance Service.

 Are you or do you know people that would like to offer support and time with of the above areas including donations to buy equipment in support of our communities?

.....give as much or as little of your time as you can.

We currently have 6 people that provide ‘Emergency First Response’ and we would like to add to our team. Your Community needs YOU now or it may do in an emergency soon!

What are community first responders?

Are of a group of people who ‘volunteer’ to respond to emergency calls on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service, in community where they either live or work.  Administration of rotas and fundraising support also required. Average call outs would be 5 per week for the whole of our area.

Why do we need your help?

The answer is that it has been recognised that sudden cardiac arrest claims around 150,000 lives each year in the UK, with survival rates being around 5% outside of a hospital setting. The first eight minutes are the most vital for the collapsed person and if we can get someone who is trained in the first aid and the use of a defibrillator to that patient, then their chances of survival will increase considerably.

How am I contacted and how do I respond?

When a person call 999, you are notified of the emergency by ambulance control via mobile phone. As you live or work in that area, you should arrive before ambulance and be able to treat the patient. Once the ambulance crew arrive, you are then able to return to your normal daily routine. The few minutes you have spent with the patient could help to save a life.

Who can become a Community First Responder?  

Anyone can become a community First Responder but you must:

-          Be physically fit
-          Agree to a Criminal Record Bureau Check
-          Have a full driving licence and use of a car
-          Have a caring nature
-          Agree to undertake training

Why not give something back to the people in your Community by supporting us?

Please contact me by phone or email below to discuss further and thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards


Steve Crowe
Lark Valley CFR Group Coordinator
Pers. Mob 07796053497