The FMS Responder team has volunteers at all the events that FMS provides medical services for, volunteering in a variety of roles – the FMS responder team can be deployed;
- Patrolling the event site, responding to calls for assistance via the FMS communications team and members of the public (this is the team’s primary role at events)
- As part of the Cycle Response Team (where appropriate)
- Volunteering with other members of the First Responder Team
- Assisting at the medical facility, minor injury units and walk-in-centres around the events
- Volunteering with the FMS Ambulance team
The minimum requirement to join the team is an accredited L3 First Aid at work QCF award working towards a First Response Emergency Care Qualification (FREC LV3) or First Person on Scene Qualification (FPOSi). Members are able to apply for FREC training provided by the FMS training department at a subsided cost after joining and volunteering at events. Members who join the team with a L3 First Aid at Work qualification only will work alongside existing members of FMS on a probationary period until an additional training course is completed.
Applications will be considered from registered clinicians with appropriate or relevant training or experience and applicants who hold appropriate qualifications to the role, subject to approval by the FMS Responder Team Co-ordinator / Manager.
The minimum age to volunteer with the team is 18yrs. Applicants will be expected to complete and enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) application, which is provided free by FMS as a registered charity.
Following completion of the membership process, members will be contacted by their Co-ordinator to start volunteering at events. Selection to oversubscribed events is prioritised to those that have worked more hours at other events. Members are required to provide details of their qualifications annually.
The FMS Responders are usually the first FMS volunteers to attend incidents at festivals and events and are deployed at events at all times of the day & night and in all weathers. Volunteers with FMS are required to complete a minimum of two shifts across the festival, as well as attend all the necessary staff briefings & training sessions – the rest of the time can be spent enjoying the event. Working in pairs, the team carry their equipment and can usually expect to be on their feet for most of their shift.
The FMS Responder team receives a large number of applications each year, a number that increases year on year. The First Responder Team aims to respond to applicants in 4 weeks. Recruitment continues throughout the year although during the event season (May – September) it may take longer than 4 weeks to hear about your application.
You can apply to join the Responder Team, here: