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Become a London Lifesaver

Our London Lifesavers initiative is bringing together Londoners who have been trained in Emergency Life Support (ELS) with the goal of ensuring as many people in the capital as possible know how to save a life and – crucially – have the confidence to step in to help a person in cardiac arrest.The London Lifesavers Logo which is a green heart with a shock symbol in the middle surrounded by the words London Lifesavers and the LAS

Who are London Lifesavers?

London Lifesavers are people who are trained in lifesaving skills and work or volunteer at various locations around London such as shopping centres, airports and railways stations.

They are also people who’ve taken part in one of our ‘train the trainer’ schemes and volunteer teaching lifesaving skills to people in their community. You can read more about these further down this page.

The London Lifesaver initiative is harnessing the potential of businesses, organisations and communities to come together to learn these skills and pass on the knowledge and skills to others: saving lives.

They will be connected to one of our community alerting systems such as the GoodSAM app to help to save more lives in the capital.

By becoming a London Lifesaver you will be joining a community of thousands of volunteers across the capital who have received emergency life support training. We will provide you with tips and advice on apps and systems you can download which alert you to a person near you in cardiac arrest who you could respond to and begin initial emergency life support assistance, before the arrival of London Ambulance Service (LAS) crews.

We will also share positive news stories which highlight the importance of early intervention when a person goes into cardiac arrest, up to date news and information, examples of best practice and advice on keeping defibrillators in a strong working condition.

If you are already first aid trained you can sign up straight away as a London Lifesaver. You must confirm you are over 18 and confirm you have been trained in CPR and AED and feel confident in using your skills should you need to.

What could I do to help save a life?

Anyone can save a life. It’s important that people don’t avoid trying to help in a cardiac arrest because they don’t feel ‘qualified’ or trained: you don’t need training to help – but people who have received training in ELS are more confident to step in.

By becoming a London Lifesaver and receiving ELS training you will have the confidence to step in to help a bystander who is in cardiac arrest or be more likely to know what to do if a loved one collapses at home.

A defibrillator in a yellow cabinet attached to a wall as a person walks past

When a person is in cardiac arrest it is vital they receive prompt intervention. The ELS training will teach you how to perform Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use a defibrillator. Defibrillators only provide a ‘shock’ to a person who needs one, you cannot make the situation any worse.

If your place of work, organisation or community group has a public access defibrillator or is interested in getting one, check out our Defibrillator Accreditation Scheme if you haven’t already and get in touch with us to see if you are your group could become London Lifesavers.

How can I become a London Lifesaver?

There are different ways your organisation, group, community or workplace can get involved.

These are explained below.

London Lifesaver Emergency Life Support training – for organisations/communities

We offer ELS training for organisations/communities who have a maximum of 10 people that require training.  This is training programme facilitated by one of our Community Resuscitation trainers.

Our trainers are qualified clinicians who also work for London Ambulance Service on the frontline.

All sessions comply with the Resuscitation Council (UK) COVID-19 guidance on training.

Please note this is a practical and informative training session and – while it’s run by trained, qualified staff – participants do not achieve a formal qualification at the end, but will receive a certificate.


  • Heart attack -– signs, symptoms and treatment
  • Cardiac arrest recognition
  • Chain of survival
  • Unconscious patient – recovery position
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for adults, children and infants
  • Choking – management
  • Defibrillator- safety/management.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Cost per session: £350 (if accredited via our Defibrillator Accreditation Scheme sites) or £450 (non-accredited sites). Both are VAT exempt.A paramedic (face not shown) seen crouched showing a person (face also not shown) how to do chest compressions on a dummy

We also offer two additional sessions that are delivered in conjunction with ELS training only. These are not available as standalone sessions. The content for these includes:

  • Control of catastrophic bleeding
  • Anaphylactic shock

Duration: 30 minutes per session

Cost: £50 per session.

Candidates: Maximum 10 – subject to COVID-19 room restrictions.

If you would like to book this ELS training, please contact [email protected].

London Lifesaver Community Defibrillator Scheme – our ‘Train the Trainer’ programme

This is an initiative run by the LAS to equip as many people across London with the knowledge and confidence in what to do in a life threatening emergency situation. Our aim is to significantly improve the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest in the community, by training members of the public to be able to deliver this lifesaving skill to a wider audience themselves: passing on their knowledge.

This scheme is ideal for larger organisations or communities who wish to facilitate their own ELS training with the support of the LAS. A person shown operating a defibrillator with a resuscitation dummy in the background

As well as formal organisations and existing community groups, this could be simply you and people who live in your street or block of flats coming together to form your own ‘hub’ to be able to respond in your community. This means if someone in your local area had a cardiac arrest, there are people nearby who are trained – with a defibrillator – to be able to intervene in those vital first few minutes while medics are on their way.

The organisation/group or community will need to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator and training equipment. This will be a minimum of a 4-pack of ‘Little Anne’ CPR mannequins and a training defibrillator.  We have negotiated the training equipment at a reduced cost with a variety of suppliers to help support the scheme. Get in touch to learn more.

We recommend approaching local businesses who are often willing to support incentives in the community to assist with equipment costs. Further information can then be shared with those businesses who wish to contribute to the cost.

As part of the agreement to join the Community Defib Scheme, trainers must not charge or receive donations for the training they deliver, whether it be to an organisation or in the community.

Anyone can be trained to deliver the course, although it would be ideal if the learner had some medical/first aid background or experience of teaching. We would require a minimum of two individuals per organisation to become trainers (there is no maximum number), with the capacity to train a minimum of 100 individuals per trainer per year.

For further information please email [email protected].

Emergency Life Support Training – for individuals

For individuals who wish to learn ELS, we facilitate free basic two and a half hour sessions (this does not include children and infant basic life support).

For further information please email [email protected].