South Northants Community RespondersCallsign 'RA509' based at Ravensthorpe

South Northants Community Responders is made up of a group of volunteers who have been trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical aid to people living and working in the local community via the 999 system.

What is a Community First Response Scheme?

South Northants Community Responders is made up of a group of volunteers who have been trained by East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) to provide emergency medical aid to people living and working in the local community.

The purpose of a Community First Responder Group is to provide emergency medical care until the professional service arrives on scene.

It is important to understand that we do not replace the professional service, but we are able to provide necessary support and assistance until their arrival.

Community Responder AED Back Pack

Community First Responders are primarily called to attend “Red 1 and Red 2” emergency calls, these are 999 calls which the East Midlands Ambulance Service deem to be “Serious and/or life threatening” and therefore by their very nature need medical help to arrive as quickly as possible, usually within the 8 minutes from the 999 call being made.

These types of calls are classed as medical emergencies, and can happen both at home, work and in public places. “Red Calls” are usually where the patient is suffering from some the following illnesses or symptoms:-

  • Cardiac arrest,
  • Unconscious and collapsed patients,
  • Chest pains (e.g. heart attacks and acute angina),
  • Breathing difficulties (e.g. asthma, acute on-set bronchitis/emphysema, COPD),
  • Diabetic emergencies (e.g. hypoglycemia),
  • Fitting or Convulsions (e.g. epilepsy),
  • Stroke (CVA),
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction),
  • Choking patients.

Community Responder Oxygen Bag

Like all First Responder Schemes across the county we receive no funds from central sources and rely entirely on fund raising, sponsorship and donations. Your support would be most welcome whether you donate direct or fancy fundraising for the scheme - more information can be found at: https://www.nowdonate.com/checkout/south-northants-community-responders

If you would like to find out more about how you can support South Northants Community Responders or if you are able to offer sponsorship, or have a collection tin please email info@southnorthantsresponders.co.uk or visit our website http://www.southnorthantsresponders.co.uk/.

Further information about EMAS Community First Responder Scheme is available from http://www.emas.nhs.uk/join-the-team/volunteers/community-first-responders