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Thinking of volunteering?

Whether you are interested in joining as a Responder, helping raise awareness of our work or fundraising, or you simply want to learn more then please contact us.


Change of name - New Logo!

As our Group now supports and trains Responders in Petworth and Midhurst we thought it best to reflect that we cover more than just the immediate  Haslemere area. We are now the Haslemere & District Community First Responders. Same Service, better cover for our Communities.

HCFR to take part in Restart a Heart Day

Did you know that More than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside of hospital in the UK every year? Less than one in ten survive (8.6%). When this happens in front of a bystander, who starts CPR immediately before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival double. If we could raise our survival rates to match countries like Norway (25%), an additional 100 lives could be saved every week. Cardiac arrests are not confined to older people and when someone suffers in this way would you know what to do?


Along with our colleagues at the South East Coast Ambulance Service we are taking part in the Europe-wide initiative to teach people the skills to help restart a heart.


You are never too old to learn these skills and school children are also an important group to take on these life long skills.  Although the official date set is the 18th October 2016, we understand that this provides little flexibility for schools, community and youth groups and even us! We are therefore committing our resources including trainers and equipment to schools and communitity groups between the 12th October and the 18th October 2016 We are encouraging schools in particular to find out more by contacting us at


A busy Bank Holiday weekend for HCFR started with an awareness session for the good people of Lurgashall Parish. The Parish Council asked us to explain how simple it is for the public to use a defibrillator like the one in the Village. We were happy to oblige. This included a practical session using manikins for CPR, and demonstrations on the use of a defibrillator. Feedback from those attending was encouaraging and very positive. Thank you to all who attended.

On the Monday members of HCFR assisted by some volunteer supporters provided similar defibrillator and CPR awareness sessions for visitors the the Haslemere Charter Fair. In conjunction with our friends and colleagues of Surrey Fire and Rescue it was clear age was no barrier. For those children who were keen to try help was on hand to show them what was needed in anemergency, and who knows when they might need it. For those whose parentswere busy finding out about these skills there was an alternative fun aqctivity to keep them amused. With keen interest, all in all it proved to be a very worthwhile event.


The Haslemere Charter Fair comes alive again in the town centre on Monday 2 May, 2016. 1pm to 5pm

With over 120 stalls, made up of a mixture of both trade and charitable stalls, this event is a wonderful day out!

Alongside the many stalls made up of a mixture of charities and local organisations, there will be traditional fairground rides, animals, live music, stilt walkers and much more to entertain you and all the family, so come along and join in the fun.

Haslemere CFR's will be at the Fire Station in West Street with our friends and colleagues in Surrey Fire and Rescue. Join us to find out how easy it is to use a defibrillator and how you could help save a life. There will be some fun things for younger children to do while you are talking to us.

New Team Leader Alison George

All change at Haslemere CFR!
Our founder and Team Leader Craig Stead is taking a break from responding to concentrate on his career at the AAIB and to take a degree in his spare time. We wish Craig and his fiance Heather Berry all the very best for the future.
Stepping up to the position of Team Leader is Alison George who will be supported by Kirstein O'Sullivan as her Deputy.
Alison said "Whilst we are sad to see Craig leave. his work in setting up HCFR's was a wonderful thing to do for our Communities and it will go on. With new members joining us our future is looking good"

A huge thank you to Ken and Di Martin of the wheatsheaf Inn at Grayswood and all who supported the Charity Quiz Night. Through their hard work and generosity HCFR and Macmillan Care each received £146.25. A big thank you to all involved especially the winning team who donated their winnings back to the charities.

Fund Raising Pub Quiz


Our good friends and supporters at the Wheatsheaf Inn Grayswood Road Grayswood are taking part in the "Worlds Biggest Pub Quiz" on Sunday the 7 February with a 7 for a 7:30 pm start. Teams of all sizes welcome (4-6 recommended) and at only £3 per person this will be a fun evening for all. Proceeds (after prizes) are being split between Haslemere CFR and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Please come and support this great event and raise money for these two wonderful charities



Congratulations to Jeremy our latest CFR who passed his course. Well done Jeremy

A big thank you to Craig - our Team Leader, Kirstein - one of our Responders, Camilla - our Treasurer (and baker of the cookies!) plus Craigs daughter, for helping out at the Charity Fair on Saturday.

Upcoming event Saturday 14th November 2015

Ten Days to go!

Haslemere CFR's will be at the Haslemere Charities Fair on Saturday the 14th November 2015. Come along and find out more about us and the many wonderful charities in our area. The Charities Fair has been a feature of Haslemere’s Christmas for the past 32 years so roll up roll up for this popular market! Over 20 different Charities await your custom so come and find those special presents and great bargains. The hall will be packed with stalls selling Christmas gifts, cards and stocking fillers, cakes, books, toys, jewellery, crafts, curios and much more. Browse the stalls, try your luck on the BLISS Grand Draw, then relax over coffee and cakes.

11th September 2015

Craig Stead, our Team Leader and CFR Sandy Busek were delighted to receive a cheque for £820 from the Haslemere Community Firefighters following their Three Peaks Challenge in April. With Craig and Sandy to present the cheque were Paul Bartlett and Peter Davis from Surrey Fire and Rescue. Paul said "We were all involved and everyone helped raise sponsorship for this, a real Team effort." Haslemere CFR's would like to thank all those who took part, those behind the scenes and all the sponsors for this very generous donation.

4th August 2015

A number of our Team visited the SECAmb HART Unit at Gatwick Gate Crawley. They were walmly welcomed and discovered the full extent of the skills this amazing Unit are capable of. 

The SECAmb HART Unit work alongside their SECAmb colleagues and fellow emergency services to provide additional life-saving support, triage and treatment at the scene of hazardous incidents.

They have received intensive training including the use of breathing apparatus and gas-tight chemical suits to enable them to enter hazardous areas, providing treatment to patients earlier and therefore improving clinical outcomes. SECAmb’s HARTs are also working towards forming the ambulance service’s maritime incident response team (AMIRT). The Unit also works closely with other HART Units to provide emergency cover Nationally in the event of a major incident requiring their skills and abilities under the management of the National Ambulance Resilience Unit. For more information visit and here

June 2015

Haslemere HCFR  deemed to be a priority area for CFR's by SECAmb. This means recruitment and training will be given priority by SECAmb


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