Supporting our volunteer heroes

Community First Responders operate within the communities in which they live or work, often providing lifesaving emergency aid early and ahead of ambulance arrival.

Trained and governed by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, the Community First Responders  are called on any time, day or night, helping to reach those patients most in need across the 10,000 square miles the ambulance service serves. 

Attending more than 20,000 incidents each year, their contribution really does save lives, reduce pain and provide reassurance to those requiring emergency care.

£35 buys a Tympanic Thermometer.  As part of the critical initial observations, a Tympanic Thermometer can be used as an early warning sign for underlying medical conditions such as sepsis or meningitis.

£50 buys an automatic blood pressure monitor and cuffs. As part of the critical initial observations, an automatic blood pressure monitor is more resilient and robust compared to manual monitoring.  Recordings can be scheduled to ensure regular monitoring.

£350 buys a pulse oximeter.  As part of the critical initial observations, a pulse oximeter measures oxygen levels in the blood as well as pulse.  Monitoring is continuous to ensure that any changes in pulse or oxygen levels are highlighted immediately for appropriate action.


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If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us on 0300 3690108 or email

The South Western Ambulance Charity is a registered charity in England and Wales (1049230)

South Western Ambulance Charity

Abbey Court, Eagle Way, Exeter, EX2 7HY

Tel: 0300 3690108  Email:

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