Community First Responder

Community First Responder walking down residential street

Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers trained and dispatched by UK ambulance services in their local communities. They provide essential lifesaving treatment and support in those crucial minutes before the ambulance crew arrives. This includes responding to patients suffering a life-threatening emergency such as a cardiac arrest, stroke or breathing problems.

Some specially trained CFRs also respond to less urgent calls such as patients who have fallen, pendant alarm activations or for patients where there is a concern for their welfare.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you’ll need to be physically fit and healthy, over the age of 18 and a car owner with full UK driving licence. All our patient facing volunteer roles are subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check and all necessary training will be provided.

A day in the life of a volunteer CFR:

Useful links:

Volunteering Opportunities – North East Ambulance Service – NHS Foundation Trust (

Volunteer with us – NWAS – North West Ambulance Service

Get Involved | Yorkshire Ambulance Service (

Volunteers | East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (

Community First Responders – West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust (

Volunteering and volunteers (

Volunteering with us – London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

South Central Ambulance Charity – South Central Ambulance Charity raises funds to support South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. (

Community First Responders – NHS South East Coast Ambulance Service (

Welcome to SWASFT – What we do (

Meet Our Community First Responders — ATCoRS (

Become a Community First Responder – Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

Community First Responders (

Community First Responders | NIAS (

Community First Responders – National Ambulance Service