University of Nottingham students, working with the East Midlands Ambulance Service,

Responding to 999 calls in Nottingham

What is a First Responder

Our volunteers, students and alumni from the University of Nottingham, are trained to by the East Midlands Ambulance Service to respond to 999 calls on their behalf.

About our Scheme

The scheme's responders are trained to deal with the wide range of calls the ambulance service receive and can be sent to almost any call deemed to be a life-threatening emergency.



Since we started in 2014 we have attended to thousands of patients in the East Midlands, working with EMAS crews to provide life-saving treatment and interventions.



We are a group of approximately 50 trained volunteers (all students of the University of Nottingham) who act as an additional resource to the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Using two cars and specialist equipment, we provide emergency care to patients suffering from a variety of serious and life-threatening illnesses and  injuries. We can be tasked to 999 calls anywhere within the East Midlands but the vast majority of our responses are within a few miles of the Medical School at the QMC, Nottingham. We aim to give our volunteers a chance to have a real impact on the lives of people within our community.


We have attended over 6000 incidents since our inception in 2014 and at over half of these our responders have arrived before the ambulance enabling them to provide the patient with the vital emergency care they needed, quicker than it would otherwise have come. The 999 calls we attend are extremely varied but have included:


Cardiac Arrests (when the patient has no pulse and has stopped breathing)

Medical Emergencies (seizures, diabetic emergencies)

Chest Pain/Cardiac Complaints

Unconscious Patients

Breathing Difficulties

Traumatic Injuries and Falls

Other incidents such as Strokes, Sepsis, Overdoses, Hangings and House Fires.



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University of Nottingham Responders,

Student Volunteering Centre

Portland Building

University Park Campus

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