A cardiac first responder Community level is a person trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and in
the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) who can respond to someone who has suddenly
collapsed. A cardiac first responder plays a critical role in keeping a person alive until the
commencement of expert medical care.

A cardiac first responder may be part of the emergency medical services, a healthcare practitioner or a
member of the public who has undertaken a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) recognised
course within the last 2 years. CFR Community level is the pre or co-requisite for entry to PHECC’s First
Aid Response courses.