Welcome to Scunthorpe First Responders

LIVES is a Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire based responder scheme working alongside the East Midlands Ambulance Service.


LIVES First Responders are all volunteers who give up their time to respond to emergencies in your area. When you dial 999 not only will an ambulance be mobilised, but at the same time, the LIVES volunteers on call in your area will also receive notification that you need their help.

Scunthorpe LIVES are a self funding group

LIVES, which stands for Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services, has been running in the county since the early 70's, orignally manned by Local General Practice Doctors and off duty Paramedics. The need for locally trained community members to aid the Ambulance Service in this large rural region created the LIVES Responder, introduced into the County in 1999 this was residents trained up by Paramedics to serve their immediate community to reduce the time taken for emergency care to be administered.

Scunthorpe First Responders was started in September 2010 made up of people from all walks of life and varying ages. The Team always needs new members, from those who wish to be a first responder and who help with fundraising, as we are a self funding group we need the fundraisers to help us keep going. Others wish to put their knowledge and influence into the building of the team.

A First Responder currently entails four levels of experience:

Level 1 Responder        

  • Health & Safety
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Clinical Governance

The one day course goes on to cover scene safety, initial patient assessment and basic life support. Upon completion members are qualified to respond as a Level 1 responder to non-emergency calls for assistance. The vast majority of members move rapidly on to emergency first responding at Level 2.

Duration: 1 day Pre-Requisites: None Qualification: LIVES Level 1 Responder

Level 2 Responder        

  • Scene assessment
  • Patient assessment
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Defibrillation
  • Acute medical emergencies

Duration: 2 days Pre-Requisites: Foundation course Qualification: LIVES Level 2 Responder, Edexcel/IHCD First Person on Scene (Basic) Assessment: Practical scenario and MCQ paper

Level 2 responders are called out to Breathing problems, Heart Attacks and non Traumatic injuries. 12 years of age and above.

Level 3 Responder        

  • Scene assessment
  • Enhanced airway management
  • C-spine stabilisation
  • Bag valve mask ventilation
  • Wound management
  • Burns & Scalds
  • Fractures
  • Soft tissue trauma
  • Paediatric emergencies
  • Paediatric basic life support

Duration: 3 days Pre-requisites: A wide range of emergency calls at level 2.  Application should be made to the Clinical Training Manager (Each application will be judged on indervidual merit) Qualification: LIVES Level 3 Responder, Edexcel/IHCD First Person on Scene (Intermediate) Assessment: Practical scenario and MCQ paper

Level 4 Responders

The level 4 course is open by application to highly experienced and proficient level 3 emergency first responders. This course, through intensive high fidelity simulation training, workshops and practical skills stations aims to train you in the management of the rare but important life threatening medical and traumatic emergencies. It also includes a wide variety of additional skills and a significantly increased depth of understanding of issues covered on previous courses. This is our flagship course, it includes:

  • Enhanced patient assessment
  • C-spine immobilisation devices
  • Haemorrhage control
  • Drug administration under Patient Group Directives (PGDs)
  • Use of Entonox®

Duration: 3 days Pre-requisites: Experienced level 3 responder (minimum 1 year), endorsement of group coordinator or local First Responder Development Officer. Application made to the Clinical Training Manager Qualification: LIVES Level 4 First Responder Assessment: Continuous practical assessment, General MCQ, Entonox MCQ, Drugs/PGDs written examination.


A volunteer who wishes to be a Responder, has to be a Basic Responder first, they must get a level of experience behind them before moving to a level 3 or level 4 responder.

There is no commitment to having to become a level 3 or level 4 responder