Guide To Becoming a First Responder

Training

Do I need to have any prior medical/first aid knowledge or training?
No. Training is conducted by West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics who have specialised in training.

What does the training involve?
The new training schedule runs over a number of consecutive weekends. After you qualify you then have to do a number of shifts as an observer with an ambulance crew, plus an observation session in Ambulance Control.

Are there any exams?
There is a test at the end of the course. There is also an assessment of the practical skills you have learned.

How much does it cost and where is the training?
The training is provided free by the Ambulance Service and is either at Stoke or Stafford.

What would my duties be?
New responders will go ‘on-call’ in pairs. You can volunteer to do as many shifts as you are able. The only thing we ask is that you commit to a minimum of 16 hours per calendar month. A duty rota is prepared depending on volunteer’s availability. When on call you need to be ready to go out at a moment’s notice.

Do I have to live in Mayfield or Ellastone?
No, provided you live in the immediate surrounding area.

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