In 2011 our brigade started its CFR program and has since the successfully operated and has responded to over 50 calls, attending to medical emergencies and in some cases evacuations off the island.


Community First Responders (CFRs) are accredited and operate under Ambulance governance and training. The Majority of Volunteers respond under a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the State Emergency Service, the Rural Fire Service, or the NSW Fire Brigades. Community First Responders do not operate from an Ambulance or health facility, do not have an ambulance vehicle and do not transport patients. Emergency Service CFRs are provided a CFR safety vest and respond in their emergency service vehicle.


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Click to read article about the Scotland Island CFRs


Click to view CPR chart School Children - Be An Ambulance Hero Dial Zero Zero Zero Program


In case of medical emergency

dial Triple Zero (000)

Alcohol and Drug Information Service Sydney

02  9361 8000 or 1800 422 599


Health Direct Australia 1800 022 222


NSW Poisons Information Centre 131 126


    NSW Ambulance Volunteers: New Opportunities

    16 May 2014


    We are proud of the ongoing success of our volunteer services across the state, and are grateful for the dedication shown by our volunteer ambulance officers and community first responders.

    In order to extend the availability of services to those in other isolated and smaller communities without ambulance resources, we often seek community-spirited people who have the time and skill to become a NSW Ambulance volunteer.

    We currently have volunteer opportunities for VAOs and CFRs in the following areas: Scotland Island, Alstonville, Bigga, Branxton, Brooklana, Burraga, Coramba, Cudal, Deepwater, Eugowra, Glenreagh, Goodooga, Gulargambone, Hillston, Ivanhoe, Lowana, Moulamein, Mt Wilson, Nundle, Sofala, Tambar Springs, Tottenham, Trangie, Trundle, Ulong, Wanaaring and Wilcannia. 

    If you've ever considered becoming a volunteer with NSW Ambulance, or know somebody who has, and would like more information, contact NSW Ambulance Operational Support Manager - Volunteer & Community First Responders, Superintendent Susan Webster, or

    CFR members who were presented with their certificates today 20th March 2016 at SIRFB AGM by Superintendent Sue Webster of the NSW Ambulance Service.

    Views expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the NSW Rural Fire Service. During an emergency, do not rely on information placed on this site, please reference the NSW RFS website at, or call 1800 NSW RFS for emergency information. This site is not monitored 24/7.

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