All the equipment that we use is funded through our own fundraising events; generous donations from local organisations and from public support. For more information see our fundraising page.
One complete Standard Responder kit costs £2,000 and each Responder ideally needs to have their own.
Standard kit comprises of the following equipment:-
- 1 x Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and spare pads
- 1 x Standard Responder Bag kitted
- 1 x Oxygen cylinder and various types of oxygen masks for adults and children
- 2 x Pocket resuscitation masks
- 1 x Metronome for ensuring accurate chest compressions
- 1 x Hand suction unit
- Dressing packs which includes bandages, bolsters for nose bleeds, triangular bandages, gauze swabs, saline for wound cleaning, cold packs, thermal blankets etc
- Assorted sizes of Oropharyngeal Airways
- Burns dressings
- Aspirin and Glucogel
- Other accessories – Paperwork, Gloves, Blanket, Torch, Area Maps etc
- Mobile Phone
- Lightweight Fluorescent Jacket
We have also purchased extra equipment at a further cost of £500 for monitoring patients and assisting the Responder in their duties:-
- Oxygen Pulse Oximeters – To check blood oxygen levels and heart rate (pulse)
- Satellite Navigation Units
- Community Responder badged Car Visors and magnetic Car Signs
- Clothing – Red Polo Shirts, Fleeces and Waterproof Safety Jackets
This equipment is enough for us to provide the level of care required until the Ambulance Crews arrive. Any equipment that we use (disposables) is replaced by the Ambulance Service via the attending crews.
As more members join our Team, we need more equipment to allow them to respond effectively and provide a good level of service to the Community we cover. We also need to maintain our equipment due to wear and tear, buy new batteries etc and replace certain items. If you would like to assist by making a donation, please visit the Fundraising page or click here. Your donation, no matter how small is really appreciated and vital to the continued success of our Team.
We are not a replacement for the Ambulance Service and we will always be backed up by an Ambulance / Response vehicle and crew.
All Community Responders attend monthly training meetings, learning new skills and to ensure our basic skills are kept up to date. We also have to successfully complete and pass an annual assessment, which is governed by SECAmb. All Community Responders are also CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked to a very high standard.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Responder, find out how.