Who are Southwater Community First Responders (CFR's)


  • CFR's are volunteers who provide immediate care to those in their community who have fallen ill. The CFR's are dispatched by the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb).

  • CFR's are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service (999) and give life-saving care in the minutes up to when the ambulance arrives.

  • The aim of the team is to provide 24hrs service 365 days a year.

The Facts this year: ​

  • Southwater CFR's where on call for 249 hours during January 2020.

  • The team attended a Cardiac Arrest and assisted in obtaining a ROSC (Return of Spontaneous Circulation) - Bought the patient back to LIFE.

  • Storm Dennis - did not stop us, during the storm on Saturday 15th February we had responders booked on from 8:30 to 22:00.


Southwater Community Partnership Christmas Fair

December 2019


Southwater Community First Responders where extremely pleased to be able to use their new purpose designed gazebo at the Southwater Community Partnership Christmas fair at the the end of November.

This was a great event, attending by so many of the local community plus friends and family, supporting local business and charities. SCFR ran a very successful raffle for a Wheelbarrow full of drink “ A barrow of Booze” along with a defibrillator game, based on the electric buzzer game. These plus other games and competitions help us raise over £420.00.


 In order to be a volunteer you must attend regular training courses and all prospective responders must undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and       Barring Service check (DBS) which is carried out by the Ambulance Trust.

The intensive 5 day training course will teach you the following subjects:

  • Basic life support and the use of automated external defibrillator (AED)

  • Oropharyngeal airways

  • Suction

  • Recovery position

  • Oxygen therapy

  • Chest Pain

  • In addition you will learn about:

  • Patient assessment

  • Choking patient

  • Asthma

  • Hyperventilation

  • Reassuring a conscious patient

  • Control of bleeding

  • Fitting patient

  • Allergies

  • Diabetic emergencies

  • Stroke patient


You must:

  • Be aged 18+.

  • Have a full and current UK driving licence.

  • Have your own transport.

  • Be physically fit.

  • Be able to attend incidents whilst at home.

  • Have a caring nature and be willing to help raise the profile of the schemes in local areas.

  • Be willing to take part in fund raising and events.

  • Be able to attend monthly training sessions.

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