Ripon group take top award

Community First Responders
Community First Responders

A group of Ripon volunteers, the city’s Community First Responders who give their time to be on call for the Yorkshire Ambulance service, have won an award.

Ripon CFR has been awarded North Yorkshire Scheme of the Year by Yorkshire Ambulance.

Ripon Coordinator Adam Lightfoot said:“I am so proud of the group’s achievement; the sense of camaraderie is phenomenal. We can only continue to operate with the generosity of individuals.

“If members of the Ripon community would like to do something amazing, help people and save lives in the area then come join us.”

Ripon CFR originally started with 12 members in 2009.

The service, which is run by local trained volunteers, provides a community-based first response to critical emergencies such as heart attacks.

Community responders provide vital care in the first few minutes of an emergency before the ambulance arrives.

The scheme is coordinated and supported by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS), which responds to emergencies within an urban and rural area of almost 6,000 square miles.

Community First Response schemes like Ripon’s benefit patients by getting lifesaving equipment to the scene quickly.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service has 428 active CFR schemes including static sites such as shopping centres, railway stations, and airports.

To find out more about becoming a Ripon CFR volunteer, contact Adam Lightfoot on 07588 641244 or

The group will meet tonight at Ripon Fire Station community room on Stonebridgegate between 7.30pm and 9pm. Everyone welcome.