About Telford & Wrekin CFR Scheme

What is a CFR?

  • Community First Responders or CFRs are volunteers that respond to 999 emergencies to support West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • The Telford & Wrekin scheme is responsible for their own fund raising within their local area
  • Telford & Wrekin CFRs are a Charity based organisation that relies on public funding to purchase essential equipment to aid in patient care, this equipment typically costs £2000 per CFR
  • All Training is carried out West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and provides each CFR with a Nationally recognised BTEC FPOS qualification
  • CFRs support their local communities and are usually first on scene, an ambulance will always be dispatched as backup to the CFR
  • CFRs are from all walks of life; IT Consultants, Teachers, RAF Engineers, and Bank Managers
  • In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability
  • In the U.K. 135,000 people die each year due to what is commonly known as a heart attack. Two thirds of these deaths happen outside of the hospital environment. Death is often due to a lethal, but treatable, electrical abnormality in the heart and only one treatment has been found to be effective: defribilation
  • All CFRs carry the essential equipment to save lives including an Automatic External Defibrillator

CFRs at Work

  • A CFR is fully trained to deal with the following medical emergencies:
    • Cardiac arrest
    • Stroke
    • Heart attacks
    • Trauma injuries
    • Seizures
    • Diabetic problems
    • Unconscious patients
    • Breathing problems
  • Once fully trained and operational, a CFR will book on call with Ambulance Control. This could be from work or home
  • CFRs are dispatched to emergencies within their local communities, usually within 5 miles of their base location. However, when demand is high, CFRs will be used and sent all over Telford and the surrounding areas
  • Once on the scene, the CFR will assess the patient and carry out the appropriate action to make the patient more comfortable
  • A CFR will take the patient’s full medical history so on arrival of an ambulance a swift hand-over can be given so that the patient can be taken to hospital
  • CFRs carry all the essential equipment to deal with medical emergencies which is funded by public donations and fundraising

Work with the community

  • So our communities can get better understanding of the work of a CFR, at every fund-raising event CFRs will give practical demonstrations to show the importance of CPR and how to save somebody’s life if they stop breathing commonly known as a Cardiac Arrest
  • Give demonstrations at local schools to groups of school children and provide them a basic understanding of what to do in an emergency
  • Give support to our local communities by providing cover at events such as Remembrance Sunday
  • Attend Village and town fetes to advertise and raise the profile of a CFR & fundraise by holding raffles
  • Attend the RAF Cosford Air Show (where we have a stand) to again raise the awareness of CFRs; provide practical demonstration of life saving techniques and fundraising
  • Provide support to the Telford Tigers Ice-Hockey team & fundraising events
  • How our training helped: After being trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service, a new CFR recruit was certified in the use of using an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). 27 hours after his training his sister went into Cardiac Arrest to which she was shocked using the AED by her brother; because of early defibrillation he saved his sister’s life