St John Ambulance

First Response to Emergencies in the Community

Receiving first aid in the minutes before advanced medical care arrives can be the difference between a life lost or saved. Volunteer responders who deliver care in these key moments save lives and improve health outcomes; defibrillation within 3 minutes of cardiac arrest improves survival to 70%+

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1077265)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£10,494

Donations

81

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • People are often scared or anxious when they call an ambulance, so they usually feel better just because we've arrived quickly and provided initial care. The difficult calls are those where the family is distraught, like when a patient is in cardiac arrest.

    — Anthony, Community First Responder

  • Each call-out is different, they can involve anything from reassuring the patient until the emergency services arrive to providing immediate emergency treatment. Above all, it‚Äôs about being there for people in your community and supporting the ambulance service.

    — Steve, Community First Responder

  • People are often scared or anxious when they call an ambulance, so they usually feel better just because we've arrived quickly and provided initial care. The difficult calls are those where the family is distraught, like when a patient is in cardiac arrest.

    — Anthony, Community First Responder

  • Each call-out is different, they can involve anything from reassuring the patient until the emergency services arrive to providing immediate emergency treatment. Above all, it’s about being there for people in your community and supporting the ambulance service.

    — Steve, Community First Responder

Situation

Life threatening scenarios require immediate health care and essential treatment in the moments immediately after an incident, the kind of help that first aiders can provide. Thousands of people a year make emergency calls where first aid skills and equipment would change their outcomes, yet are unable to receive the first aid that will best affect their survival and recovery. Communities around England lack first aid treatment at the point of life threatening health events.

Solution

Our volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) are dispatched to life threatening calls in their local communities, offering emergency medical care in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. Our CFRs are fully trained and kitted out with essential equipment to help in a wide range of incidents requiring life saving care. CFRs already live and work within the communities they serve, enabling them to arrive in just a few minutes to assess the casualty and provide essential care.