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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions on CFR related matters.

Q: How do I become a CFR with SECAmb?
A: The process can take up to six months.  You should first check that you live or work within one of the areas we are actively recruiting CFRs in, and that you meet the requirements to be able to apply to us.  The first stage of the recruitment process involves inviting you to your local team meetings where you will learn more about the role and meet the people who are currently responding in your area.

You will then be asked to complete an application form, and be interviewed.  Candidates who are successful at interview will have reference checks, an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check and need to be declared fit for the role by our occupational health team.

When all of your clearances have come through, you will be asked to attend one of the five day weekend training courses, delivered by SECAmb staff.  On passing the assessments on the course, you will then be a fully-fledged SECAmb Community First Responder!

Q: What training will I receive?
A: You don’t need to have medical or first aid experience before applying to be a Community First Responder as the training course equips to be able respond to patients on our behalf.  The training course is currently 5 days in length, and is delivered on weekends.

The topics covered include how to take patient history and complete basic information on a patient clinical record, taking blood pressures, temperatures and oxygen saturation levels, administering oxygen therapy and salbutamol, CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator, choking management, wounds, dressings and triangular bandages, managing chest pain, and handing over the patient to an ambulance crew.

Q: What items can a CFR carry with them in their kit bag?
A: Our CFRs hold a large variety of kit with them to help assist on any call they may attend. Items include:
• GlovesKit
• Pocket Mask
• Bag Valve Mask
• Saline Solution
• Automated External Defibrillator
• Suction kit
• OP airways
• Oxygen masks – pediactric and adult
• Oxygen cylinder
• Nebuliser mask
• Variety of dressings
• Swabs and wipes
• Bandages
• Tape
• Burns dressings
• Shears
• Cool pack
• Observational equipment – Peak flow, Pulse Oximeter, Sphygmomanometer, Stethoscope
• Drugs – Salbutamol, Aspirin

CFRs also carry a mobile phone and have a Community First Responder hi-vis jacket.

Q: How are CFRs dispatched?
A: CFRs are dispatched by SMS text message from our two Emergency Operations Centres.  A series of set messages are used to indicate when a CFR is booked on or off, when they are mobilised to a patient, and their arrival and clear times. 


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