Where do we
EZ32 and EZ66 cover the Villages of :
Massey, Wyatts Green, Hook End, Doddinghurst, Kelvedon
Hatch, Kelvedon Common, Pilgrims Hatch, Navestock,
Park, Bentley Common and Coxtie Green, South Weald, Brentwood
(Hutton, Shenfield, Ingrave, Brook Street,
Warley, Herongate.), Parts of Ingatestone and Fyerning
And, as required, other areas
we accept enquiries for First Responders anywhere
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust area.
What are First
Our team of Community First Responders currently
provide cover around the clock, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, on a rota basis.
Volunteer responders can be
male or female, aged from 18 to 70, must have access to a car and be
able to attend emergency calls from either their home (or place of
work) in our areas (see above), as soon
as they are received, in a similar way to which retained fire fighters,
RNLI crews or other volunteer emergency services operate.
Not a huge amount of time is
required as a volunteer, as normal life can go on while a responder is
A volunteer responder needs to be extremely
reliable and trust worthy, good under pressure, discrete, able to
remain calm in emergency situations, be caring when dealing with
patients and have a decent level of physical fitness.
While a responder is on call they can continue
with their normal day to day activities, but must be ready to drop
everything and attend a call should one arise while they are on duty.
You need to also be checked by CRB (Criminal
Records Bureau) for any Criminal Record, (we arrange that)
When you dial 999 and ask for an ambulance the BT operator
passes the call through to the East Of England Ambulance Service
The ambulance operator will ask where the ambulance is required.
Once this information is given a dispatcher will
start to send an Ambulance or Responder, whilst the operator continues
to take details of the call.
The Ambulance services Computer Aided Dispatch
system will then look at where the call is to see if there is a
Community First Responder scheme in that area.
If there is an available scheme it will then look at
the clinical code to determine if the call is one appropriate for a
First Responder scheme to deal with.
If both of these criteria are met the computer
will activate the scheme's call system and the Responders will go
to the call.
The idea is that due to their locality the First Responders can get to
the patient more quickly than the Paramedic Car or Ambulance (that is
always sent) and make time critical interventions to maximise the
patient's chances of survival.
Time is of the Essence