Recruitment drive launched to train community first responders across Norfolk

Date: 09 March 2020

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A recruitment drive has been launched to train community first responders across Norfolk.

Community first responders (CFRs) are volunteers who are trained by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care until the more highly skilled ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment.

Andrew Barlow, Community Response Manager said: “CFRs make a vital difference to our communities and every minute counts when someone is seriously ill, which is why volunteers attending emergencies where they live, or work is crucial.

“Our thorough training course provides them with vital lifesaving skills, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the use of a defibrillator, as well as treating allergic reactions, choking and breathing difficulties.”

The roles will be spread out across the county, with at least eight roles available in Wells, Cromer and West Norfolk, where there is a dedicated CFR vehicle that has been funded by community donations.

A collection of roadshows will take place on the below dates where people can come and meet the CFR team, find more about the role, look at the response equipment and sign up if interested.

  • Friday 3rd April - The Parish Hall, Church Street, Cromer (12 noon – 3pm)
  • Saturday 4th April - The Maltings Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea (10am – 3pm)
  • Saturday 25th April - The Methodist Church, Austen Road, Hunstanton (10am – 5pm)

If you feel you could become a community first responder or a supporter and need more information, find out more here or call 0345 601 3733 (01603 481220 out of hours).

You can complete an online form or email your request for information to CFR@eastamb.nhs.uk.

  • Summary:

    A recruitment drive has been launched to train community first responders across Norfolk.