Devon: First Responders Needed

First Responders Recruitment


The Responder Team at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is asking people to assist them in their ongoing quest to save lives in a very hands-on way.

Across North Devon there are currently around 55 Community First Responders (CFRs) working in a total of 20 groups. SWASFT is inviting more people to express an interest in the scheme and become a CFR. 

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 

You do not need any previous medical training to become a CFR.

SWASFT currently has a whole host of people available to save lives in their local community, including nurses, engineers, postal workers and teachers. 

You do need: a full driving licence good interpersonal and communication skills the ability to observe and accurately record details the ability to take the lead and remain calm in pressured situations. 

Anyone interested in becoming a Community First Responder or finding out more information about having a defibrillator available in their local community, then they are strongly encouraged to get in touch with SWASFT, either by visiting the website or calling 01392 261647