Who are we?
A group of volunteer Community First Responders made up of medical students at the University of Leeds.
Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers who are trained to provide immediate and potentially life-saving care to seriously ill patients in their community during the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. Volunteers give a few hours of their time each fortnight during which time they are on call for the ambulance service to respond to calls in their local area.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) has more than 1,000 volunteer CFRs in communities across Yorkshire as part of a wider initiative to provide vital care, comfort and reassurance to patients in the minutes before an ambulance arrives.
Our scheme is based in north west Leeds and comprises of medical students from the University of Leeds. Since launching in December 2016, we have trained 45 CFRs – including students from all years of the MBChB course. While ‘on-call’ at home they can dispatched to calls via a GPS enabled smartphone. Our members volunteer in pairs, with a driver and passenger on each shift. This allows new CFRs (often in the early years of their medical degree) to work alongside more experienced colleagues. More experienced CFRs also do solo night shifts. We aim to provide a 24/7 service during term time.
Our scheme is led by a committee of volunteers, overseen and supported by a Community Defibrillation Trainer and Community Defibrillation Officer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
We can be dispatched to medical emergencies in a 3 mile radius.
Venturi 28% mask
Bag Valve Mask
Basic First Aid Kit
Reassurance & TLC!
What 999 calls do we attend?
While on call, our volunteers can be dispatched to a range of pre-specified 999 calls within a 3 mile radius. We are dispatched by YAS's Emergency Operations Centre at the same time as an ambulance or rapid-response vehicle. Driving to calls under normal traffic laws, we aim to arrive on scene before an ambulance to start history taking, provide reassurance and provide life-saving early interventions such as oxygen therapy, CPR and defibrillation where indicated. Examples of calls we attend include unconscious patients, heart attacks, stroke, fits, breathing difficulties and cardiac arrests.
We aspire to provide close to 24/7 cover during term-time. Days, nights, weekend. We have it covered.
Medical students in Years 1 to 5, trained as CFRs by Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Attended to on average each month
Attended in 2017