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Becoming A Community First Responder (CFR)

Who are CFRs?

These are volunteers who have been trained in the skills required to attend emergency calls received by the NHS Ambulance service, and to provide basic life-saving skills until the ambulance arrives.  They function within the local community where they live and work.

Who can become a CFR?

A CFR must:

  • Be over 18 and physically fit
  • Have a full Driving Licence with a maximum of 3 points
  • Be able to achieve a satisfactory standard of medical proficiency after training
  • Have a sympathetic, caring approach to people
  • Be a respected member of the community with a mature outlook on life
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Be honest, trustworthy, reliable and compassionate

No previous medical experience is needed. 

What kinds of incidents are CFRs called out to?

CFRs are asked to attend emergency calls in their area.  These types of calls may include chest pains, breathing problems and difficulties, collapsed or unconscious patients resulting from cardiac arrests or other serious medical complications.  CFRs are only sent to patients aged 12 years or above.

It must be appreciated that CFRs attending incidents may be exposed to visually and emotionally distressing circumstances and situations.

There are certain emergencies which CFRs are not asked to attend.  These are emergencies which are considered unsafe for their welfare, such as Road Traffic Accidents (RTC’s) or violent situations

Are you still interested in becoming a CFR?

If yes, and you meet the conditions detailed above, and have an empathetic personality, and are a team player, then Knutsford Community First Responder Trust (KCFRT) are very interested in you progressing to the next stage

Before attending your interview with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), you must first meet with a small group from KCFRT to be “pre-screened”

“Pre-screening” process

This exercise is to ensure that both you and KCFRT are happy that being a CFR is really for you!

Firstly, contact KCFRT by completing & submitting on-line the short questionnaire linked to below:

KCFRT will then contact you to fix up a mutually convenient time to meet.  Before the meeting, we will provide you any additional reading material necessary to fully appraise you of the role.  You will be advised of your suitability to proceed at the meeting.  If the Trust judges you are not a suitable candidate to become a CFR, the reasons will be explained to you at this meeting

Apply to North West Ambulance Service

Once approved to proceed by KCFRT, you then formally apply to become a CFR with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) by sending an E-Mail to Janet Graham, NWAS Cheshire & Merseyside Area Coordinator

Janet’s E-Mail address is:  janet.graham@nwas.nhs.uk.

  • Indicate your interest in becoming a Knutsford Community First Responder and why. State you have met with the KCFRT panel, who had advised you to apply. Janet will then E-Mail you back all the relevant documents for you to fill out.  This will include the “Bar & Disclosure Form”.
  • Note:  ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE WRITTEN ONLY IN BLACK INK.
  • Before submitting the documents, we recommend that you review the completed forms with one of the KCFRT panel to ensure that all the questions have been properly answered.
  • Post the documents back to Janet Graham.
  • NWAS will then invite you to attend an interview (be patient, this may take some time!).  This will be with Janet (or one of her team) + at least one other NWAS representative.
  • Within a few days of the NWAS interview you will be advised whether or not you have been selected to proceed to the Training Stage.

NWAS Training is normally conducted at the Northwich Ambulance Station and is usually conducted at weekends over a 3 month period.

On successful completion, you become a Community First Responder (CFR)!

Being a Knutsford First Responder

You will initially work with an ECFR (Enhanced Community First Responder) member of our Team to give you the necessary experience and understanding of the role.

As a member of our First Responder Team, you can be on duty for as little or as often as you can manage.  You will need to commit to a minimum of 16 hours each month (4 hours/week).

KCFRT holds a monthly evening meeting for all its First Responders to review the month’s activities and discuss training needs.  Though attendance is not compulsory, we recommend that all CFRs & ECFRs attend as frequently as possible

An annual “requalification” test is required for each CFR and ECFR.