Yorkshire Ambulance Service

The Falconry Centre is proud to announce that they have become Community First Responders for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. More information about the service follows:

What is a Community First Responder scheme?

The Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is a partnership between Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust and local groups of volunteers within their community.

As an authorised volunteer for YAS you will work as part of a dedicated team of volunteers whose aim is to reduce the number of pre-hospital deaths in Yorkshire.

Why do we have Community First Responders?

YAS is committed to providing the highest standard of pre-hospital patient care to all those living in or passing through our boundaries. It is not always possible, however, to get an emergency vehicle to a patient with a potentially life-threatening condition within the first few vital minutes, particularly if they are situated in an outlying rural area.

Community First Responders Help Save Lives

In many medical emergencies the first few minutes are critical. If effective treatment can be provided within those first few minutes, lives can be saved and disability reduced. This is especially true for heart attacks and medical conditions that have caused someone to lose consciousness.

Community First Responders are trained in basic life support skills, the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and to administer oxygen.

When an emergency call is received at the YAS 999 Communications Centre, an ambulance response is dispatched. At the same time a Community First Responder, on-call in the area, can be alerted and asked to assist at the 999 incident to ensure emergency assistance reaches the patient as quickly as possible.

More than 275,000 people suffer a heart attack in the UK each year, about a third of whom die before reaching hospital due to cardiac arrest. The defibrillators carried by Community First Responders provide early intervention to patients suffering a cardiac arrest which is one of the keys to survival.

How do I become a Community First Responder?

You must be over the age of 18 years old and be in good health. You must also have your own vehicle and hold a full driving licence.

Although Community First Responders will join the scheme on a voluntary basis, they will still have to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and complete a health declaration questionnaire.

Once you have been accepted as a volunteer, you will undergo training from YAS in basic life support (BLS). This includes patient assessment, airway management, defibrillation and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy.

Further Information

For further information about the Community First Responder scheme or to apply to become a volunteer in your area, please contact the YAS Network Response team:

Tel: 0845 120 3155

NHS Trust Headquarters
Brindley Way
Wakefield 41 Business Park
West Yorkshire

The Centre's Responders One of the Centre's staff undergoing the YAS training
A collection of photos of our birds