First Responder Training

Written by  Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:16
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This week we had the first annual group Co-Responder training and annual assessment at the Devon Freewheelers Unit in Honiton.

We are pleased to let everyone know that those Volunteers who were able to attend the Annual refresher/assessment session have all passed there assessments, this means that for another year we will have riders who are able to attend what are known as Red Calls.

This means that as we travel around the county, the SWAST (South Western Ambulance Service Trust) control room monitor our locations and are able to despatch us to be the first on the scene to provide potentially life saving care to the patient while an Ambulance will be on route behind us.

The bikes which are used for this are marked up the same as all our BloodBikes, but carry on board an extra bag of life saving equipment, which includes Oxygen and a defibrillator.

The volunteers who have yet to complete there annual assessment will be given the opportunity to do so over the coming weeks, any volunteers who wish to take the initial training can follow the joining information at the end of this article.

What kind of emergencies do Community First Responders attend?

CFRs attend particular types of medical emergencies where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care. This includes conditions such as:

  • cardiac arrest
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • unconscious patients
  • fitting
  • stroke

CFRs are not sent to particular types of incidents, due to concerns for their personal or scene safety - these include:

  • road traffic collisions
  • excess drugs or alcohol incidents

Our riders that have been doing this over the last 12 months have found it to be extremely rewarding while being able to put back in more to the community's we live and serve in.

How can I find out more?

If you live in the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust area and would like to know more about becoming a Community First Responder at work or from home please visit NHS jobs to find out more about recruitment in your area.

Dave Webber

Dave joined Devon Freewheelers in Feb 2013, as a rider I am part of the team that keeps the charitys IT working as it should. I also bleed members for articles that we can post on the site. Ride safe everyone.