Community First Responders This website provides detailed information on the Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers that work for the South Central Ambulance Service NHS trust.
What is a Responder? A Community First Responder or CFR, is a member of the public, trained by the ambulance service, who volunteers to help in their community by responding to 999 calls and medical emergencies before the arrival of the emergency ambulance.

Berkshire Community First Responders

The Community First Responders (CFR's) in Berkshire are a relatively new concept they have been around since 2002. Currently we have around 300 across the county. They come from all walks of life with a wealth of life skills making them as diverse in background as our front line staff and the patients we serve. We have 70 schemes across the width of the royal county and are looking to increase this number yet further, ensuring that communities have access to a trained person with an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and other life saving equipment.

Since 2007 we have had 8 successful resuscitations of cardiac arrests all directly attributed to the presence and response of the volunteers. This proves that the scheme does help to save lives and that equipment such as the vital AED is easy enough to use by lay people.

All schemes are funded (as they are nationally) by local and county wide donations without funding they simply cannot exist. To offer support as a volunteer or to donate funds please contact the Community First Responders managers on 0800 587 0207, email cfr@scas.nhs.uk or complete our online contact form.