Community Responders have been operating in Hampshire for over 10 years and there are now over 600 active Responders across the County. Community Responders are volunteers who give their time freely to help save lives in their community. They are trained by South Central Ambulance Service in basic life support, the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) and the treatment and control of a wide range of potentially life threatening conditions.
Community Responders are dispatched by the Ambulance Service Emergency Operations Centre to appropriate life threatening incidents in their community. They operate within small distinct areas and so can often be at the patients’ side in under 5 minutes, providing vital medical care and reassurance. In cases of cardiac arrest, without defibrillation, the patients’ chances of survival decreases by up to 14% for every minute that goes by so early defibrillation is vital. Community Responders are trained to use Automatic External Defibrillators that can provide this vital intervention. Community responders are always backed up by the nearest available ambulance resource.
All applicants for this role will need to meet the following criteria:
- Be over 18
- Hold a current Driving Licence
- Be of good health and character
Responders attend incidents in their own car under normal driving conditions and will not be permitted or trained to attend incidents under emergency driving conditions.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Responder in Bramley/Sherfield on Loddon or would like further information, please contact the ambulance service directly at:
South Central Ambulance Service
Freepost (Licence No. RSAH-SGUZ-UZZE)
Tel: 01962 898090
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download an application form and view the 2004 Handbook on the Community Responders website