First Responder Team
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)
- Volunteering with other members of the First Responder Team
- Assisting at the FMS Hospital, minor injury units and walk in centers
- Volunteering with the FMS Ambulance team
The minimum requirement to join the team is an accredited L3 First Aid at work QCF award with an additional responding qualification such as First Person on Scene intermediate (FPOSi) or First Response Emergency Care Award (FREC L3). 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 until they have completed a responder course.
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 FMS Responder team receives a large number of applications each year, a number that increases year on year. Recruitment continues throughout the year although during the event season (May – September) the time scale for which applications are reviewed is extended to allow the teams volunteer co-ordinators to plan for and attend events.
The minimum age to volunteer with the team is 18 yrs. Applicants will be expected to complete and enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) application, which is provided free to FMS as a registered charity.
Applicants who apply via the FMS website (https://festival-medical.org/members/register.php) will be contacted by the team co-ordinators and asked to provide some details of their qualifications and experience, once approved the FMS recruitment team will guide applicants through the membership process.
Following completion of the membership process, Members are able to log into the FMS website members area and add their availability to volunteer at events. Members will be selected for popular or oversubscribed events based on the hours volunteered with FMS at other events in the previous season. 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 conditions. Working in pairs the team carry their equipment and can usually expect to be on their feet for most of their shift.