The Down District First Response Service is a charity, registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland No: 106343
We are based in Crossgar, Co. Down, we are launching a Community First Response Scheme in order to respond to Category A ‘life threatening’ and Category B ‘serious but non-life threatening’ Emergencies within the local community, providing life-saving intervention, until an ambulance arrives.
Community First Responders are trained to assess medical situations, providing immediate first aid if needed, and establish the patient’s previous medical history. Sometimes they can simply be a very vital second pair of hands to an ambulance crew when they arrive.
As well as basic first aid equipment, they carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and are trained and equipped to provide oxygen therapy.
Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference.
Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home or place of work. They are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance via ambulance control to attend Category A ‘immediately life-threatening’ and Category B ‘serious but non-lifethreatening’ calls. These calls can include:
- cardiac arrest
- diabetic emergency
- unresponsive patient
- breathing difficulties