The East of England Ambulance Trust believes that by introducing a scheme where First Responders are trained in providing the first three events in the "Chain of Survival", there would be a significant improvement in the chance of survival.
As well as attending to patients who have had a heart attack there are other instances where an early response by a First Responder would have a significant benefit. Such calls would be to someone with severe bleeding or someone who is unconscious.
In all cases of life threatening conditions the first ten minutes is the most crucial time.
Chances of survival and the prevention of deterioration are improved if prompt appropriate action is taken in the first few minutes.
Therefore a key element in the success of First Responder Schemes lies with the ability of First Responders to arrive at the scene of an emergency within 8 minutes of the emergency call being received.