Ettington Community
First Responder Scheme
Providing first-response emergency medical care in the Stourdene region of South Warwickshire in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service

What We Do

We provide first-response medical care in the Stourdene region of South Warwickshire, and beyond for emergencies that are deemed immediately life threatening.  We do this in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“It’s the best feeling in the world”

Community First Responder Schemes are teams of volunteers who are trained by ambulance services to a nationally recognised level that enables them to provide lifesaving treatment to people in their local communities. Community First Responders (CFRs) are always backed up with the nearest available emergency vehicle and crew.

Government and NHS Guidelines stipulate that a person in difficulty suffering from a cardiac arrest should be stabilized within 8 minutes for any chance of survival and that in doing so this person will have an 80% chance of survival if stabilised within 2 minutes. However for every minute past that 2 minute time, the person's chance of survival drops by 10% per minute.

CFRs are trained to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) - a machine that can deliver a potentially life-saving shock to a patient in cardiac arrest.  In addition they are trained in the use of oxygen/airway therapy, basic life support skills and the use of equipment to make observations such as temperature, blood pressure and Oxygen-saturation.

CFRs are primarily called to attend ’Category 1’ emergency calls. These are 999 calls which the West Midlands Ambulance Service deems to be ’Serious and/or life threatening’ and therefore by their very nature need medical help to arrive as quickly as possible -  usually within the first 8 minutes from the 999 call being made.

Category 1 calls can happen at home, work or in public places and are usually where the patient is suffering from some of the following illnesses or symptoms:-

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Unconscious and collapsed patients
  • Chest pains (e.g. heart attacks and acute angina)
  • Breathing difficulties (e.g. asthma, acute on-set bronchitis/emphysema)
  • Diabetic emergencies (e.g. hypoglycaemia)
  • Fitting or convulsions (e.g. epilepsy)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
  • Choking patients

Click here to find out how we work and here to learn how West Midlands Ambulance Service values CFR schemes.