Penkridge & District Community First Responders are the local team in our area responsible for responding to 999 calls in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance service To join the Responders, you must be:
- Aged 18+
- Have a current driving licence with no more than 3 penalty points
- Willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check
- Able to attend incidents in the Penkridge District from home or work
- Be prepared to provide an average of 16 to 20 hours on call each month
Not all members of the “Friends” are also Responders.
There are also many ways to help us in a support role. The “Friends” team needs people to help with organising, fundraising, administration and also delivery of training* to our local community. The only requirement is to be over the age of 18 and have a genuine desire to help make a difference in your community. (*For some roles an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check may be required)
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming a CFR or member of our support team and we will send you an initial enquiry form. Once you have returned our initial application form, we will check if you live within our operational area. If not, we will ask your permission to pass your information to another CFR group if there is one closer to you. You will then be asked to complete a short WMAS Form via the NHS Jobs website. WMAS expects applicants for CFRs to have been involved with their local group for some time before being offered an interview and only a limited number of training opportunities may arise each year.
Recruitment Process – First Responders
Initial Enquiry Forms – Please return to us by :
Post: 3 Church Farm Close, Penkridge, Staffordshire, ST19 5LY
Enhanced DBS Clearance
First Responders will respond to home addresses within their community and have access to confidential information. For this reason, all our volunteers undergo an enhanced DBS check before joining PAD CFR.
This is an informal meeting with a West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager. Volunteers are encouraged to ask any questions that have not yet been answered.
All Community First Responders complete the WMAS equivalent of the IHCD First Person on Scene Award over several weekends. Training is currently being updated and you will be advised asap of commitment expected.
CFR’s will then have to complete two observation shifts with Ambulance Crews or a Rapid Response Paramedic.