Before becoming part of our team you will go through a structured training programme.

Community First Responder initial training usually takes place over three consecutive weekends - five days being training, both theoretical and practical sessions, followed by a day of assessment. We recognise that this commitment is not always possible so there may well be 'follow-up' sessions to enable people to catchup on the training before undergoing assessment.

training group training session


Training covers a number of 'recognition and treatment' strategies, including:-

  • Emergency First Aid
  • Basic Life Support and 'Chain of Survival'
  • Recognition of Cardiac Conditions
  • Airway Management
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Oxygen Therapy
  • Use of Defibrillator
  • Choking
  • Strokes
  • Significant Bleeds
  • Breathing Difficulties

In addition there are several other training areas that will be covered, including:-

  • Safeguarding of Adults and Children (level 2)
  • Violence agains Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
  • Personal Safety
  • Safer Handling and H&S in the Work Place
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Equality
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Data Protection - Safeguarding Personal Information
  • Terrafix Communication Device

A number of our team have recently been training in 'Enhanced CFR" Skills. Currently these are subject to a feasibility period and if successful the training will be rolled out to other members of the team. These additional 'patient observation skills' include measuring patient:
  • Temperature
  • Blood Oxygen Levels
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar levels
  • Pupil Reaction

The Terrafix Communication Device is a smart phone with specialist software that enables Ambulance Control to allocate the appropriate resource (Paramedic, Ambulance or a Community First Responder) to 999 emergency calls.



In addition to the 'mandatory' training outlined above our team also go through further 'skill enhancing' training, including enhancing the First Aid level we are at and other specialist equipment such as the Camel Lifting Device. The Camel is used to safely lift patients who have fallen and are unable to get up or need to be raised from ground level to allow for further assessment, examination and treatment.

camel lifting