What area does the Tadley Community First Responder scheme cover?
As well as Tadley the scheme also covers Aldermaston, Ashford Hill, Brimpton Common Baughurst, Padworth Common, Pamber End, Pamber Green, Pamber Heath.
Who runs the team?
CFR teams have a full support network employed by the Ambulance Service. One member of the team is elected as the Team Coordinator, their role is to organise the group and liaises between the team members and the CFR support and management, working for the ambulance service. We also have a Welfare CFR, Training CFR, Equipment CFR and a CFR responsible for public relations.
How much would I have to commit?
As there is big investment in training and equipment, the minimum requirement is 4 hours per week. This does not mean you have to do 4 hours every week and it isn’t 4 hours of working but rather 4 hours of being on call and ready to drop everything to respond to an emergency. In addition to being on call, we meet weekly and CFRs are expected to attend on a fairly regular basis. At the meeting we often do some training, discuss what calls people have had and if there are any concerns as well as any learning points. It is generally fairly light hearted as we try not to take ourselves to seriously at the meetings, we save that for when we are on call!!
Will I receive any payment?
No. The role is entirely voluntary. However as an ‘on call’ CFR you would only be called to emergencies close to your home.
Will I get a blue light for my car?
No. CFRs respond to calls that are local to where they live and must obey the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act at all times.
Will I wear a uniform?
Yes. The Tadley scheme issues uniformed polo shirts, emergency personnel tabards, Jackets and visible ID.
Who can be a CFR?
CFR’s must :
- Have a full driving license and be relatively physically fit
- Do I need any previous First Aid or Medical training?
- No. All the training you require will be covered during the training course. Obviously if you have first aid experience then it will be useful but many people that become successful responders have never had any previous training
Are there any emergencies to which CFR's would not be asked to attend?
Yes, emergencies that would be considered unsafe for them such as known violent situations. Also CFRs will not be sent to emergencies beyond the scope of their training (e.g. traffic incidents or child birth).
Everyone talks about suing people these days, what happens if someone says I did it wrong?
For someone to have any legal case they must first prove that your actions made the situation worse. When dealing with life threatening situations such as resuscitation, where someone who is left will certainly die, it is inconceivable how anyone could make the situation worse than it already is. Having said that CFRs are afforded the same legal protection as any other member of Ambulance Service staff.
How do I apply?