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.



July  2019

 CPR, Defibrillator training, Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADS) awareness all in a days work for Southwater Community First Responders.

The Southwater Community First Responders Team was pleased to have a stall at the Southwater Schools Summer Fair on 2nd July, We where able to hand out our latest print of the Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADS) to ensure that more  Southwater residents are aware of the location of their nearest defibrillator. We where also very pleased to be able to demonstrate to young and old alike CPR, the use of a Defibrillator and the recovery position.This event is a great opportunity for  the Southwater Community First Responders to meet patient and also raise awareness of its activities along with raising funds to continue to be able to supply our Voluntary Service's to the local community.


 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.