Frequently asked questions

How much time would I have to commit?

At the moment, there is no set minimum time. However we do have an aspirational goal of having 24 hour cover 365 days a year. The minimum time requirement may change for new applicants in the future. In addition to being on call, we meet as a team frequently. At meetings we often do training, discuss what calls people have had and if there are any concerns as well as any learning points. Meetings are fairly light hearted in nature.

Will I receive any payment?

No. The role is entirely voluntary. However as an ‘on call’ CFR you would only be called to emergencies close to your home. You can claim expenses to cover your fuel..

Will I get a blue light for my car?

No. CFRs respond to calls that are local to where they live and must obey the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act at all times. You will get a visor sign to use while on a call.

Will I wear a uniform?

You will be provided this shortly after you join the team. You do not have to wear it when you respond, but it is recommend that you do, it looks professional and importantly saves spoiling your own clothes.

Everyone talks about suing people these days, what happens if someone says I did it wrong?

For someone to have any legal case they must first prove that your actions made the situation worse. When dealing with life threatening situations such as resuscitation, where someone who is left will certainly die, it is inconceivable how anyone could make the situation worse than it already is. Having said that CFRs are afforded the same legal protection as any other member of Ambulance Service staff and are insured by the Scottish Ambulance Service while undertaking work on their behalf.

Will I be assessed?

Yes, you will need to pass an initial assessment when you are trained. Then as part of continued learning and skills up keep, you will need to attend 6 training sessions a year. Training sessions are conducted monthly.

Do I need a Car to be a CFR?

Yes, every second counts in an emergency and you need to be able to make it to your patient as expediently as possible.

Will I be on my own?

You could be, but where possible, and if you request it, we will team you up. New CFR's will always be teamed up with more experienced ones to begin with. CPR is tiring, and working as a team can be less taxing on you and be better for the patient.

Will it affect my car insurance?

It shouldn't. But HSE requires CFR's to inform their car insurance provider of their role as a CFR. Scottish Ambulance Service also need to see proof of this. Scottish Ambulance Service can provide a letter to your car insurer to explain the role to avoid additional charges.

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