Bridgnorth Community First Responder Scheme was established in 2000, when volunteer schemes were first developed in Shropshire, to support the ambulance service. An appeal was publicized for volunteers to train to provide life saving skills, and make themselves available to be called upon by ambulance control when required within their local community. With two founder members the Bridgnorth volunteers became operational and attended their first emergency call in 2001. Since then, our members have been devoting their spare time and commitment to attending emergencies in Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas as required.
During the years our scheme has been operational, the number of volunteers has fluctuated high and low due to individual changes of circumstances, relocation, and other similar reasons. However, we have always maintained a membership of at least three, and reached a peak of nine in 2014. Our current membership at January 2016 is eight volunteers.
All of our Community First Responders are volunteers who give up their free time to make themselves available to ambulance control, to attend 999 emergencies in the Bridgnorth area, when a full time ambulance resource is not nearby. Members can be called out from home, work, or even during a shopping trip! In addition to responding to emergencies, each volunteer commits many hours to training, and also fundraising as each CFR scheme is self funded – so relies on donations and sponsorship from generous sources within our community.
To find out more about the role of the Community First Responders, please see our page “The role of a CFR“.