Interested in volunteering?

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to become a volunteer CFR and want to do your bit for your local community?

A Community First Responder scheme is made up of volunteers who within the community they live are trained to attend emergency calls on behalf of the ambulance service, provide awareness and training to the community in Basic Life Support and the use of a defibrillator.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has Community First Responders in Arden, Solihull, Birmingham, Black Country, Hereford, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and we are looking to increase our membership in 2023.

Community Responders are volunteers who give their time to respond to lifesaving emergency calls on behalf of the ambulance service and provide first aid until the arrival of an NHS resource. The role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the free training provided by WMAS at the National Academy in Brierly Hill, Dudley.

Once qualified Volunteers will be affiliated with their local group and will expected to give a minimum of twenty hours per month. Mandatory refresher training is provided annually and is delivered locally.

Applicants will have a good all-round education, a good level of fitness to perform the role of a CFR and a full UK driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 3 current penalty points. Applicants should also have good communication skills and a willingness to learn and help others.

Our next recruitment will be in January 2023 w/c 9th and will run for 3 weeks and a second phase will commence w/c 5th June 2023 and will also run for three weeks, all vacancies will be advertised on NHS jobs. Selection for the following courses will be by interview.

April 1st / 2nd / 8th / 9th and assessments on 15/04/2023

July 1st / 2nd / 8th / 9th and assessments on 15/07/2023

October 7th / 8th / 14th / 15th and assessments on 21/10/2023

To find out more about becoming a CFR you can read testimonials from our current CFRs Ash O’Malley and Martin Bennett, contact your local CFR scheme or, alternatively, please contact the Community Response Manager for your local area:

Community Response Managers

Andy Jeynes


Mobile: 07896 175337


Cliff Medlicott


Mobile: 07884 050877