Community First Responder scheme

Exciting volunteering opportunities have arisen within South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust for Community First Responders to join Community First Responder schemes across North and East Devon.

A Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is made up of a group of trained volunteers who within the community in which they live or work attend emergency calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide patient care, including basic life support, until the arrival of an emergency ambulance.

We welcome applicants from throughout North and East Devon; however we are particularly interested in people from the following areas:

  • Axminster
  • Bideford
  • Brampford Speke
  • Braunton
  • Exeter Countess Wear
  • Exeter Quay
  • Great Torrington
  • Hartland
  • Hatherleigh
  • Holsworthy
  • Honiton
  • Ilfracombe
  • North Tawton
  • Okehampton
  • Seaton
  • Sidmouth
  • Winkleigh


Applications will also be considered for the follow locations:


  • West Hill
  • Bow
  • Crediton
  • Culmstock
  • South Molton
  • Tedburn St Mary


As a volunteer and a member of a Community First Responder Scheme you would provide this community based service willingly and without pay. This role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants will have a good all round education; a full driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 6 current penalty points and have access to a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use. Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview whereby they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will be required to attain the Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene during training in order to complete the recruitment process.

The advert is live now! Link: the advert will close on Sunday 30 April 2023.

To make your application stand out it is vital you include what would make you a exceptional Community First Responder and how you meet the person specification for the role. Please be aware, if there is not currently a Community First Responder scheme running within a 3 mile radius of your home postcode you may not be short listed. Should you wish to respond from your work place as well as or instead of your home address, please detail this in the additional information section.

When applying for this voluntary position, please be aware that you must be able to attend the following interview dates and all of the training course:

Interviews are scheduled to be held face to face at various locations in North and East Devon the week commencing Monday 22nd May 2023.


The training course is scheduled to be held in Tiverton on the five following dates running from 08:45 – 17:30:

Course Date 1 – Saturday 24th June 2023

Course Date 2 – Sunday 25th June 2023

Course Date 3 – Saturday 1st July 2023

Course Date 4 – Saturday 15th July 2023

Course Date 5 – Sunday 16th July 2023


You must attend all five dates – If you are unable to make all of the training days please do not apply for this intake.

If you are unable to make all of the dates but wish to be informed of future courses , please register your interest for this course by following this link;

The next planned is provisionally planned for early 2024, please get in touch by if you would like to register your interest for this course.


Please get in touch using the details below should you have any questions.


Jacob Maddams

Community Responder Officer for North and East Devon