A Community First Responder group consists of 10-15 volunteers who are willing to respond to an emergency call and deliver First Aid before an ambulance is able to attend and provide treatment or care.
Although ambulance services attend every call as quickly as possible, sometimes – especially in countryside areas or large commercial complexes – this is not always fast enough to prevent further injury or damage.
This time period between a 999 call being made and the arrival of the emergency services has been called the ‘therapeutic vacuum’.
Community based First Responders can fill this vacuum and provide essential simple treatment in those crucial first few minutes before the ambulance arrives.
Source: Community First Responders