In rural areas it is often impossible for an ambulance to reach an incident within the critical eight minute window.
Community First Responders are deployed to life threatening emergencies such as suspected heart attacks, choking, epilepsy, unconscious collapse and similar incidents.
Often the Community First Responder can find that they are treating and supporting both the patient and the family or relatives who may be severely distressed by the incident. Sadly, there are a very small minority of incidents where even the rapid intervention of the Responder has been unable to resuscitate a patient. Being a Community First Responder can sometimes prove to be a harrowing experience and is not for the faint hearted.
A number of schemes across Essex are funded by their local communities helping to supply the essential life saving equipment that they use. These funds could consist of private, business or charitable donations.
Community First Responder groups form part of a team providing 24/7 cover within a rota basis.
As a volunteer, you can commit as much or as little time as you wish, the aim with each Responder group is to try to maintain cover over a 24 hour period.