• Be physically fit
  • Aged between 18 – 70
  • Agree to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Caring attitude and able to cope with potentially distressing situations
  • Available to commit 12 hours per month, averaged over 3-6 months

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Driving requirements

Responders are not required to be able to drive as non-drivers can be paired with driving responders for their shifts. However, if you wish to drive the Dynamic Response Vehicle the requirements are:

  • Full UK or European driving licence held for more than 1 year
  • Aged at least 21 years old
  • Clean licence (no endorsements or points)
  • Pass 1 hour driving assessment

CFRs are not able to claim any exemption under the Road Traffic Act and are therefore obliged to adhere to all road traffic regulations. The use of audible or visual devices, i.e. blue lights/sirens is strictly prohibited.

Application process

  1. Check suitability against requirements above
  2. Get in touch with us
  3. Complete application form
  4. References obtained and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check conducted
  5. Receive Occupational Health Clearance
  6. Complete clinical training and assessment (see below)
  7. Driving test (if wishing to drive DRV)
  8. Sign up for shifts
  9. Re-validation every 12 months


The face-to-face training course runs over five days, spread over several weekends, and includes a day of written and practical scenarios. After completing the course you will be handed out a portfolio to complete during your first shifts as community first responder.

New responders are paired up with experienced volunteers for their first shifts. At your first deployment you will be introduced to all Cambridge locality specific topics relevant to your volunteering experience as SCFR volunteer.

Any more questions?

Contact us and we are happy to explain everything you need to know about becoming a community first responder.