Emergency Medical Response

Our View of Co-Responder Schemes

Our View on Co-Responder Schemes Co Responder Initiatives A Partnership for Life There is now a huge amount of irrefutable evidence that proves beyond doubt that Co-Responder schemes are effective and save lives. It has been accepted by all informed parties that there are very few negative aspects and in general terms, properly managed schemes provide benefits to the Ambulance Service, Fire Service, operational staff and the communities they protect. The points detailed in the FBU position statements are quite wide ranging and completely uninformed and out of date. The points are listed below with our position which is endorsed by NFCC, the Home Office, and the Ambulance Service Association (ASA). Co-Responder initiatives are

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Co-Responder FAQs

Co-Responder FAQs 1. Are first or Co-Responders Paramedics? No, First/Co Responders are trained in basic first aid, oxygen therapy and the use of an automatic defibrillator. The level of training will depend on the requirements of the local Ambulance Service. Basic first aid skills delivered quickly and effectively save lives every day. Frequently the arrival of competent responders at the home of a patient with a very serious illness can calm the whole situation down and ensures that the patient receives effective and appropriate treatment until more advanced medical assistance arrives. Some responders are trained and equipped with Entonox, which is very effective at relieving pain; again this is of huge benefit to the

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