Canvey Island Community First Responders are volunteers who are trained to respond to emergency calls in their local area through the 999 system in conjunction with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
Community First Responders are not a substitute for the Ambulance Service. But, as they are based within the community in which they either live or work, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency call in a very short time; often within the first few minutes and, in the majority of incidents, they will be first on scene. Community First Responders are able to administer vital, life saving first aid treatment before the arrival of an Ambulance crew. Their early intervention further increases the patient's chance of survival or may just provide the simple reassurance that the ambulance crew are on their way.
We are not funded by the NHS which requires an individual responder to utilise their own vehicle with no mileage allowance for fuel however the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust replaces medical consumables such as oxygen and bandages.