Why become a First Responder?

There are many answers to this question and the answer will vary according to who you ask.

Many people feel a need to give something back to their local community whilst others have spare time and would like to use it to do something worthwhile. Whatever your reason for becomming a responder, it is something that will be both rewarding and at times challenging.

The satisfaction of becomming a responder is not just based on saving someone’s life, although this is a very special moment should it ever arise. When someone calls an ambulance they are unwell, possibly frightened or unsure what is happening and vulnerable. Even when dealing with a patient who is not seriously ill, you have the opportunity to calm and reassure them.

Talking to them and supporting them while they await an ambulance is a part of the responder role that is often forgotten or overlooked but it can often be the most rewarding aspect of being a Community First Responder.

Who Can Become A First Responder?

A First Responder should be 18 years of age or over, physically fit enough to be able to achieve a satisfactory standard of proficiency after training. They should have a sympathetic and caring approach to people. They should be reliable and trust worthy with a mature outlook on life. Ideally a First Responder should be able to drive and hold a clean driving licence. There is a minimum commitment level per month, but this on average is less than 4 hours a week!

A key factor is that a first responder must be able to work together with others as part of a community team. First Responder Schemes are an additional valuable resource, which enable people to learn the skills necessary to begin life-saving treatment before an ambulance arrives, but do not in any way replace existing emergency ambulance services.

How do I become a  First Responder?

To become a volunteer First Responder you must be:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • A Full UK Driving licence, and access to a car.
  • Able to demonstrate and maintain a level of fitness to meet the role.
  • An effective communicator with good interpersonal skills.
  • Able to demonstrate logical approach.
  • Work under pressure, yet stay calm.
  • Have a desire to learn.
  • Reside or work in the area in which the scheme is based.
  • Able to respond without delay to incidents.
  • Complete a criminal records check (Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check).
  • Have some first aid knowledge (not essential).
  • Long term commitment to the role.

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