Brentwood, Four Parishes and Battlesbridge First Responder Group

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Where do we Cover?

Z7164 and Z7157 cover the Villages of :

Blackmore, Stondon Massey, Wyatts Green, Hook End, Doddinghurst, Kelvedon Hatch, Kelvedon Common, Pilgrims Hatch, Navestock,

Weald Country Park, Bentley Common and Coxtie Green, South Weald, Brentwood (Hutton, Shenfield, Ingrave, Brook Street, Warley, Herongate.), Parts of Ingatestone, Fyerning

Thorndon Country Park

and Z7151 covers Battlesbridge and surrounding villages,



as required, we may cover other areas



we accept enquiries for First Responders anywhere in

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust area.




What are First Responders?

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 on call.

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. There is a commitment to ongoing training and agreed on call hours.


You need to also be checked by the UK Government DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) for any Criminal Record, (EEAST arrange that)


How does it work?


When you dial 999 and ask for an ambulance the BT operator passes the call through to the East Of England Ambulance Service Control Centre.

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




Our Governing Body is the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust



East Of England Ambulance



Customer testimonials

Many people who are walking about today can thank First Responders for assisting when they needed help most.

In fact in 2012 we were voted by the community as the Hearts of Essex Community Award winner.