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Residents urged to join local life saving scheme

Local residents are being urged to join an emergency volunteer scheme which could help save the life of a neighbour in a medical emergency.

St John Ambulance is inviting local people to come along to an information evening to find out more about becoming a Community First Responder (CFR).

The first information event will take place on the evening of 2 July at the London Ambulance Service (LAS) HQ, 220 Waterloo Road, SE1 8SD. Two other information evenings will be held on 17 July and 21 August at the London HQ of St John Ambulance - 63 York Street, W1H 1PS.

Anyone subsequently interested in volunteering as a CFR will be expected to undergo four, full day training sessions which will be held every Saturday from 31 August at Birchwood House, St Margaret’s Hospital, The Plain, Epping, Essex.


The London CFR scheme is a partnership between St John Ambulance and the LAS and involves 14 units spread across 21 boroughs. A total of 36 CFR teams handle around 10,000 emergency calls each year. CFRs are trained to respond to 999 calls received by the LAS and provide first aid and care until the ambulance arrives. Volunteers are despatched to emergencies at the same time as an ambulance but may arrive first on the scene as they are only sent to calls in their immediate vicinity. They operate as part of a rota system from their own home or workplace and are expected to commit to a minimum of four hours of volunteering a month besides the time needed for training.

Anyone with two years driving experience, with access to a car can become a CFR. Volunteers aren’t authorised to drive under ‘blue light’ emergency conditions so are dispatched to calls under normal road conditions using their own cars. No previous experience is required as full training is given. For more information about becoming a CFR email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.