Trust considering asking volunteers to drive ambulances to cope with winter pressures

East of England Ambulance Trust faced unprecedented demand last winter, with more than 3,200 calls answered every day. In a bid to stop a repeat this winter, bosses have asked community first responder (CFR) volunteers whether they would be prepared to drive ambulances in very early discussions on how they could be utilised. CFRs respond to local emergency calls and provide life saving first aid in those vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. The use of volunteers to drive ambulances is thought to be common place in countries such as Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.