Community First Responder Teams.


Cariad is proud to support CFR teams across Wales


To date cariad has provided 40 defibrillators to CFR teams


When a patient faces a serious emergency, every second counts for them and a simple helping hand from a Community First Responder can make a vital difference to their lives.

First Responders in Wales are volunteers who donate their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls and provide first hand emergency care to people in their own community. 

When a 999 call is made, First Responders are alerted by WAST‘s three control centres and are sent to certain types of calls the same time as an ambulance so they can provide essential care until the vehicle reaches the scene.

The volunteers are trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to administer basic first aid skills, oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of a defibrillator.


Could you become a Community First Responder?

  • Do you enjoy a challenge?

  • Are you good under pressure and remain calm in an emergency?

  • Are you proud of the community in which you live and want to give something back?

  • Do you have free time to spare?

  • Are you ready to learn essential life saving skills?

  • Have you got a full, clean driving license?

  • Are you in reasonable good health?

  • Are you over the age of eighteen?



What happens when you join a team? 

A network of WAST support staff will train volunteers in life saving skills and how to use the equipment available to first responders. 

Before you start training, you will be required to have a CRB check, an occupational health check, and an ID card. When you are given your certificate of compliance, control rooms are alerted to the new teams and will alert the on-call volunteer when help is required. 

WAST encourages all teams to be self running, involving the appointment of a volunteer team co-ordinator to help independently manage each local scheme. 

If it’s a yes to all the questions then you are the person we are looking for to join one of our existing schemes or develop a new team. 

If you would like to know more about becoming a valued member of your community and part of the CFR teams you can contact Cariad or CFR Paramedic Officer Stephen Roberts.