Voluntary responder group

Helen MirrenWe support the work of volunteer lifesavers in the capital through a registered charity – London Ambulance Service Voluntary Responder Group.

Launched by patron Dame Helen Mirren in March 2012, the charity offers financial support to volunteer groups responding to patients alongside a traditional 999 ambulance response.

We already reach a majority of patients quickly, but for those whose heart has stopped beating getting lifesaving care to them immediately will give them the best chance of survival.

All volunteer responders are trained to use a defibrillator, a device that can restart a patient’s heart by delivering an electric shock. Getting a defibrillator to someone in cardiac arrest gives them the best chance of survival.

We have worked over the last decade to improve the cardiac arrest survival rate in London which is now at its highest ever level, and our work with volunteer responders looks to build on that success.

The London Ambulance Voluntary Responder Group is made of of three sections:

  • Emergency responders – clinically-trained volunteers responding on blue lights alongside ambulances to 999 calls
  • Community first responders – defibrillator-trained St John Ambulance volunteers attending on call from their homes and responding to 999 calls in their own car without blue lights alongside ambulances
  • Public-access defibrillator sitespeople who work at these locations trained to use a defibrillator and respond to emergencies while an ambulance is on the way

For more information about the charity or to enquire about making a donation please email voluntaryrespondergroup@lond-amb.nhs.uk.

London Ambulance Service Voluntary Responder Group is a registered charity no.1061191.

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