National Association of Community First Responders (NACFR)
An organisation called the National Association of Community First Responders (NACFR) has recently been formed. It was a concept that has been thought about and discussed by several people for several months. The non-profit making organisations aim is to help bring about consistency to CFRs across the UK.
Why do we need a national standard/consistency? CFR training, usage and support varies massively across the UK. This rarely happens in any other large organisation of a similar kind, for example Police Specials, Retained Fire Fighters, Search and Rescue, BASICS Doctors, Mountain Rescue, RNLI. They all work to a national standard with some local modifications as required.
A Healthcare Commission report in 2007 recommended that an appropriate body should be set up to develop national guidance for ambulance services in the use of CFRs, to ensure that a more consistent approach is taken in the management, governance and development of this valuable service. This was 7 years ago, with no progress appearing to be made. A national standard exists for voluntary firefighters and voluntary police, why not the ambulance service.
The team behind the newly formed National Association of Community First Responders (NACFR) come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, particularly in the CFR and medical sector as well as the business sector.
The organisation is still in its infancy at the moment. We have been in talks with some very influential people and have gained the support of several organisations and people that understand the need for consistency with CFRs and have the ability to aid in the development of this concept.
We at CPDme are excited by this concept and offer our support to the team at NACFR.