What we do

What is a First Responder?

A Community First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while the ambulance is on its way.  All volunteers receive specialist training and equipment so that they can provide an early intervention before the arrival of the professional ambulance crew.

Anyone who wishes to help their community can volunteer and no previous medical experience is necessary, although you will need a caring attitude and the ability to deal with potentially distressing situations.

You will be trained in the use of automatic external defibrillators, oxygen therapy and a wide range of emergency skills, including how to assist in life threatening situations such as heart or asthma attack.

If there is a life threatening emergency in your area, you will be asked to assist until the ambulance crew arrives.  You will not knowingly be asked to attend any types of incidents that you have not been trained to deal with.

The Scottish Ambulance Service operates more than fifty Community First Responder schemes across Scotland and there are five regional co-ordinators who are responsible for supporting the schemes and helping those that wish to volunteer.