Community First Responders are volunteers who are trained by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide immediate life-saving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

They are trained in Emergency Life Support including Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) that delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart. Community First Responders also carry portable oxygen.

Volunteers come from all walks of life, young and older, working or retired, from teachers and drivers to shop keepers and army sergeants. Full training is given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving license with no more than six penalty points. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on candidates will be made. Anyone requiring further details please contact Michele Chapman Community Defibrillation Trainer on 07826532249 or email