Training to be a Community First Responder can be very rewarding to say the least. If you are worried about how much training you will have to do and you are feeling that some experience is a necessary then you would be wrong.

Firstly you don’t have to have had any previous First Aid Training or experience at all, although if you are a member of St John Ambulance or Red Cross or you have even got a First Aid at Work Certificate this always give you a heads up.

Your initial training of 2 evenings and 1 full day plus regular monthly updates are supplied by South Central Ambulance Service free of charge. As a responder you have to attend at least one update training session every three months. This is important and helps you stay in touch with other members from other groups and keeps you updated with new techniques. It also gives you a chance to practice your skills on manikins on a regular basis. Where possible you should try to attend each month especially if you haven’t been very “active”.