We have been working in partnership with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) for a number of years to deliver a co-responder scheme in Hampshire.
Co-responders are firefighters who receive training in basic life support, provided by the ambulance service, based around resuscitation and defibrillation. Re-certification and refresher training is given every six months.
Co-responders are Fire and Rescue Service employees and their priority is to ensure fire stations maintain adequate operational cover. However, if sufficient cover is available, then a firefighter may crew the co-responder unit (CRU). Clinical evidence proves that patients in a life-threatening situation who receive rapid intervention, have a better chance of survival. Co-responders respond to the following medical emergencies: