Community First Responders


In 2014, Shepshed Lions Club started working with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to create and launch a community first responders scheme.

The Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is a life-saving partnership between EMAS and Shepshed Lions Club.

As authorised volunteers for EMAS, our Community First Responders have teams located in Shepshed, and more recently, Loughborough as part of a wider initiative which aims to help reduce the number of pre-hospital deaths in the East Midlands.

New recruits will join hundreds of volunteers living in local communities across the region who are trained to provide life-saving treatment to residents in their area in the vital first minutes of an emergency until the EMAS ambulance clinicians can arrive.

Every second counts when someone has a serious illness and simple interventions can be performed by CFRs to save lives or prevent disability.

First responders help provide emergency life saving care to patients. They are charities founded and run by volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls directed through EMAS control.

The on-call CFR is dispatched by EMAS at the same time as an ambulance response and because by definition they live in the local area where the incident has taken place, they can be first on the scene providing essential treatment, while ambulance crews travel to the scene.

Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders Scheme is always looking for new members.  Not only do our members provide a vital service to our local community, but we also learn valuable and potentially life-saving skills in first aid essential life saving skills.  Are you…

Up for a challenge?

Keen to help people in your community?

Able to give up some free time?

Willing to learn essential life saving skills?

The holder of a full, clean driving license?

In reasonably good health?

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions then you are just the sort of person we are looking for…

Find out more…

To learn more or to become involved with one of our CFR teams, please contact Bob Lilley on 01509 508 265 or email we look forward to working with you to help save more lives soon.

For more information on CFR schemes, please read this EMAS CFR leaflet: EMAS Information – Community First Responders

Some statistics about the team. I think you may be surprised how much work in our community that the First Responders undertake.

In 2014 the team completed 2241.75 hours of voluntary service and attended 461 different incidents.

In 2015 the team completed 2954.5 hours of voluntary service and attended 974 different incidents.

So far (up to 31.05.2016)  the team has completed 1180 hours of voluntary service and attended 385 different incidents.

2nd October 2017

Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders.

The Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders are still going strong and will be celebrating its fourth birthday on 2nd December 2017.

We are a team of 18 volunteers who give their time freely to support our communities and East Midlands Ambulance Service. Up until 31st December 2017  they have clocked up almost 15,000  hours on call and attended over 4500 incidents.

7th November 2016

Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders  Fundraising Project 

“ CPR and Defibrillators – Dispel the Myths”

The First Responders is a team of 15 volunteers who have worked alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) since December 2013, attending medical emergencies ranging from cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes, asthma attacks, diabetic events and other incident. This equates to 10,429 volunteer hours with 3082 incidents attended (As of may 31st 2017). We operate in the Charnwood Borough areas of Loughborough, Shepshed and surrounding villages. The work we do as a group is highly valued by both the community and EMAS. Our team has received numerous testimonials to EMAS, from members of the community we have served

The First Responders is entirely self-funded, and a key part of our work involves doing outreach presentations and education on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  We have delivered approximately 30 presentations, where we invite people who attend to make a contribution to our funds. We believe this aspect of our work to be of pivotal importance, as all evidence and research shows that education on the use of AEDs plays a vital role in saving lives.

We are aware from this work in our communities that many people are fearful of getting involved in incidents of this nature in the public domain, as they do not know how to do CPR effectively and use an AED.  We want to implement a project called ‘CPR and Defibrillators – Dispel the Myths and raise public awareness and confidence in this area.

The use of AEDs by people who were not health professionals was introduced by the Defibrillators in Public Places Initiative (1999) that recommended placing AEDs in public places where ambulance service records showed most need. Research shows that when someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces chances of survival by 7 – 10% (Resuscitation Council UK, 2015).  In 2017/17 EMAS has forecast it will respond to 943,377 emergency calls.  Even when they can attend promptly, it is only on exceptional occasions that they will be able to attend and provide defibrillation within the recommended 3 – 5 minute time window.

We would like to train people in our local communities to arm them with the skills that could reduce the number of premature deaths. In the first year our ambition would be to train 250 people.  In addition to this we would also like to provide funds to support a number of Community Public Access AED’s in the local communities we support. When potential sites are identified, we would provide training in CPR and defibrillator use, in order to increase public confidence, reassurance and the means of putting training into practice.In order to make this project viable we would like to purchase a suitable projector and screen to show videos, presentations and educational work in support of this initiative. We would also like to purchase training defibrillators and mannequins, enabling members of the public to use the equipment as part of the training and education process.

This project will support every member of our communities regardless of age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or creed. It benefits people who are ill and their family and friends.  With current budget cuts to EMAS and increasing pressure on our emergency services, it is vitally important we can empower communities to use equipment like this, which can save lives.

How can you help?

The fundraising project as outlined above, is hoping to raise £10,000, consists of two main aspects:

1. The Aviva Community Fund, set up by the Aviva Insurance Group has accepted the project and is now open to voting by the public. Each person who logs on to the site is allowed 10 votes. To log in is as follows- Please log in and consider voting for this project. If the project wins the competition we can win up to £5000. Voting for this project closes on the 21st November at 12 noon.

2. The Tesco “Bags of Help” scheme has also accepted the project and in the Tesco stores at The Rushes, Leicester Road, and Park Road all in Loughborough and the Tesco Express stores in Shepshed and Sileby have all got charity tokens for customers making any purchase in the store. There are plastic boxes with details of the projects near the exits of the stores in which you place the tokens into. Please consider putting your tokens in our project box. If we are successful in this we can receive up to £4000. Voting on this project runs between the 1st November 2017 until 1st January 2018.

If you wish, you can also make a cash donation to support this project.If this is the case please make cheques payable to the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders.

Each Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) contained in a cabinet costs £1000, so if we are successful in reaching our target we can put 10 CPADS into the communities we serve all over Charnwood Borough.

At the conclusion of these two projects we will seek to match fund the final amount through the Lions Clubs International Foundation in the USA. If this is successful, we may be able to put 20 CPADS into the community.

Currently in Shepshed the existing community Public Access Defibrillators are located at Co-op store on Anson Road, Shepshed Post Office in Market Place, Funeral Directors on Belton Street, Co-operative Memorials Charnwood Road/Kings Road and Shepshed Town Bowls Club on Charnwood Road,opposite ASDA.

You may have seen an article in November 2017 concerning a presentation given by two members of the Shepshed Lions Club Community First Responders to the Morris Minor Owners Club. Well, the demonstration was obviously very effective. Early in the New Year, one of the ladies who attended it was visited by her distressed neighbour who had found her husband collapsed and not breathing. The lady went straight round and commenced to deliver effective CPR to the patient. His wife rang the Ambulance Service who attended very quickly and managed to resuscitate the patient,  together with the assistance of the neighbour. The Paramedic who attended said that without the neighbour’s intervention the patient would not have survived. The neighbour said that without the knowledge she gained from the presentation, she would not have got involved as she would not have the confidence or knowledge to have got involved.