Romney Marsh Community First Responders
Community First Responders
Community First Responder volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Volunteers can arrive at an emergency scene in a matter of minutes, as they are sent to calls in their local area.
Community First Responders are volunteer members of the community who are trained to respond to emergency calls through the 999 system in conjunction with the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
Community responders are not a substitute for the ambulance crews, but because they are based within the community in which they live or work, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency in a very short time often within the first few minutes and in the majority of incidents they would be first on scene. The responder can then begin vital lifesaving first aid before the arrival of an ambulance, further increasing the patient’s chance of survival.
Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home or place of work. They are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance via ambulance control to attend Category A 'immediately life – threatening' calls.
These calls can include:
- cardiac/respiratory arrest
- chest pain/cardiac problems
- diabetic problems
- allergic reactions
- breathing/ENT problems
Community First Responders are dispatched to calls under normal road conditions using their own cars. They do not have the authority to drive under emergency conditions.
This worthwhile role means that you can often be first on the scene to a patient in need, assessing the condition and prioritising your response. CFRs are trained to not only assess the immediate situation but also to ascertain a previous medical history whilst treating a patient.
You can make a donation to
Community First Responders at:
Sotirio's in Greatstone
M4 Mobility in New Romney
RH&DR in New Romney Station
Jukebox Diner in St Mary's Bay
Beachside Stores in St Mary's Bay
Best One in St Mary's Bay
RH&DR in Dymchurch Station
The Gift Shop in Dymchurch
The Arcade Gift Shop in Dymchurch
Pie & Mash in Dymchurch
Dymchurch Village Store
Lambys in Dymchurch
Royal Oak in Brookland
Rose and Crown in Old Romney
Railway Café at Dungeness
Sometimes they can simply be a very vital second pair of hands to an ambulance crew when they arrive. A CFRs kit consists of a basic first aid kit and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as well as a separate bag for oxygen therapy.
New volunteers and those wishing to qualify for this role will need to attend an approved training course which includes assessment, and will be required to re-qualify annually.
Last year the current CFRs attended more than 3,500 calls on behalf of the Ambulance Service Trusts.
Romney Marsh Community First Responders
The Romney Marsh Community First Responders group covers the Romney Marsh area of Kent, with responders providing cover for Lydd, New Romney, Greatstone, Littlestone, Lydd-on-Sea, Dungeness, St Mary's Bay and Dymchurch.
We are always looking for new members and hoping to provide greater cover aiming one day for 24/7 cover. Volunteers can be male or female, aged over eighteen years. They must have access to a car and be able to attend emergency calls from either their home or place of work as soon as they are received.
Whilst a responder is on call in their local area or at their workplace, they can continue with their normal activities until a call is received. They can attend if possible or reject the call if deemed inappropriate.
A Community First Responder needs to be extremely reliable and trust worthy, good under pressure, able to remain calm in emergency situations, be caring when dealing with patients and have a reasonable level of physical fitness.
For more information and for details of schemes in your area please contact the responder team email.
AEDs have been installed in many busy public places, workplaces, or other areas where the public have access. The intention is to use the machines to restart the heart as soon as possible. AEDs have been used successfully by untrained persons, and lack of training should not be a deterrent to their use.
Find out more on our page Public Access Defibrillators on Romney Marsh.