Welcome to the R1r site

The role of R1r (more formally known as the Risborough Area Community First Responder (CfR) Scheme) is to attend cardiac arrests and other RED ‘999’ ambulance calls in the Risborough area when tasked by the South Central Ambulance Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Bicester.  The British Heart Foundation has assessed that the survivability of a patient in cardiac arrest declines between 10 and 20 (average 14)% per minute if the patient is not provided with effective Basic Life Support as early as possible.  In addition to cardiac arrests R1responders are trained by South Central Ambulance as ‘community first responders’ to attend:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Choking
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Traumatic emergencies (but not road traffic collisions)
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Patients suffering from seizures
  • Chest pains
  • Unconscious patients
  • Infants and children
  • Accidents at home, at work, leisure and sports
  • Falls from any height
  • And any other medical emergencies deemed appropriate for a community volunteer to attend as the first responder

Who are R1r?

We are the un-paid, un-funded volunteer arm of the local ‘999’ NHS Ambulance Service.  R1r started to operate in Jan 2011 with one responder kit and two active responders.  We are 7 local volunteers who live in around Princes Risborough: currently Geoff Clark, Paul Dollemore, Les Owen, Bruce Petty, Pauline Miles, Nicky White, and Michael Tock. Generally speaking we will aim to maintain a cadre of up to 8 or so trained responders that are each able to provide an average of 20-hours a month ‘on call’ to the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

What is the R1r aim?

The R1r aim is to respond to the community in and around Princes Risborough as much as possible when tasked by the EOC because we are likely to arrive before an available ‘rapid response’ car or emergency ambulance.   Attending first responders from the community are always backed by a rapid responder or emergency ambulance crew (except for ‘concern for welfare’ calls and non-injury falls; both of these types of incidents are currently ‘on trial’ in Buckinghamshire.  There are some 8,500 people living in Princes Risborough and another 8,500 or so in the surrounding villages.  Calls can be to patients who live, work, visit and play in the Risborough area.  R1responders are trained by the NHS … are part of the NHS for RED ‘999’ and other emergency calls … but are not part of the NHS when it comes to money!  Hence our reliance on funding from across the community for the R1r account administered by the South Central Ambulance Charity (recently taken over from the SCAS League of Friends).  R1r achieved a viable initial capability early in 2014 with 5, currently 7, trained R1responders, using their own cars, without sirens and without blue lights, and 5 ‘responder kits’.  Additionally since Apr 2015 SCAS insured R1r drivers have been operating a new ambulance looking Community Response Vehicle (CRV) provided by Risboro’ Garage; this Risborough Area CRV now has a dedicated ‘responder kit’ and since Oct 15 is fitted with an ambulance tasking, routing and tracking system called ‘Terrafix’. 

The aim from here on is to enhance R1r sustainability, capabilities, responsiveness and resilience for the long-term so that R1r remains a reliable, supported, and respected part of the community in and around the Risborough Area (all of HP27).  List of R1r sponsors from the early days who have helped get R1r to where we are now:

2011

  • Rotary Club of Princes Risborough
  • Kop Hill Climb

2012

  • Mrs Sue Potter
  • Morning WI
  • Mrs M J Solman
  • Mrs Anne Bowe
  • Mrs Margaret West
  • U3A/Community Association Jubilee Talk
  • WDC Community Support Grant (Cllr Bill Bendyshe-Brown)

2013

  • Princes Risborough Town Council Grant
  • Health & Welfare Group U3A
  • Mrs Shirley Harrison-Taylor
  • Rotary Club of Princes Risborough
  • Avril Neighbour’s ‘Open Garden’
  • Buckinghamshire Community Foundation (Windhill Trust)
  • Avril Neighbour’s ‘Dinner Party’
  • Rita’s Dances
  • Mr Malcolm E Austin

2014

  • Afternoon WI
  • Mrs P Stone
  • Princes Risborough War Memorial Trust
  • Risborough & District Community Association
  • Risborough Rewards Ltd
  • Princes Risborough Town Council Grant
  • Rotary Club of Princes Risborough
  • Avril Neighbour
  • Rita’s Dances

2015

  • Mrs P Stone
  • Rotary Club of Princes Risborough
  • Kop Hill Climb 2014
  • Princes Risborough Town Council
  • The directors of Risboro’ Garage for new 4×4 Community Response Vehicle (CRV)
  • Risborough & District Community Association
  • Mr & Mrs Hussey
  • Wife & Home Club
  • Princes Risborough War Memorial Trust
  • Afternoon WI
  • Invenio Training Ltd
  • Councillor Bill Bendyshe-Brown for Terrafix system in CRV
  • Mike Britnell
  • Rita’s Dances

2016

  • Mrs P Stone
  • Le Cafe’ de la Gare
  • Risborough & District Community Association
  • Geoff Heyes
  • Michael Brown
  • Risboro’ Garage
  • Princes Risborough Evening WI
  • Avril Neighbour
  • Wife & Home Club
  • Princes Risborough & District Horticultural Society
  • Veronique Guly
  • Rita’s Dances

2017

  • Le Café de la Gare
  • Risborough & District Community Association
  • Princes Risborough Music Society
  • Mr K Ebbs

Please open the other pages for details of:

  • How to join R1r as a R1responder
  • How to donate to the South Central Ambulance Charity (this page will updated when the new paying-in arrangement is confirmed)
  • Our performance
  • Our Community Response Vehicle (CRV) provided by Risboro’ Garage.