Info for CFR Groups
If you’re thinking of starting your own community first responder CFR Group here are some bits and pieces we learned that might speed up your journey:
- Hold a community meeting, publicizing it in parish newsletters, local papers, etc.
- Form a committee of 4-6 people that are interested in taking on specific tasks
- Form a company and place the committee and the organization under the authority of the company. Preferably make the committee members directors of the company. See below …
- Start Fund Raising
- Apply for grants
- Organize and hold training sessions:
- Have people sign up and pay a fee in advance (EUR40 in our case).
- Get the forms out in advance so recruits can fill them out before the class
- Have recruits bring their car insurance document with them to class
- We use a one-day training class, 4 hours of PHECC CFR in the morning, Policies & Procedures (P&P) after lunch
- Go through the P&P using the PowerPoint; it looks boring, but everyone learns something every time we do it
- Complete and collect the application form; P&P acceptance; NAS policy acceptance; Garda Vetting
- Complete the car insurance letter which the recruit must send to their broker
- Once you have about 10-15 people trained pick a go-live date
- Buy your gear
- Go Live – Des will bring your phone and teach you how the dispatch system works
Feel free to download and use any of the following CFR Documents. You may want to modify them to suit your needs but at least they’ll form a good starting point.
Why do we need to form a Company?
“You’re making it too complicated. We just want to be a volunteer organization that helps out.” and other such comments …
Bottom line is liability. It will very likely NEVER be a problem, but if it is you’ll wish you paid attention! If you don’t form a company then each of the committee members is jointly and severally liable in the event that someone sues the Organization. While the NAS covers responders acting within protocol that doesn’t mean that a patient or family member couldn’t sue the organization. A responder injured on scene or en route could potentially sue. If the organization is a Limited Liability Company, then that is the only entity that would be liable and the companies directors are personally shielded. Without the company any one of the committee members could be liable for the whole amount of any judgement against the organization.