Community Resuscitation Development Officers


The Community Resuscitation Offers

The Community Resuscitation Development Officer (CRDO) posts were established in 2008, in a joint venture between the Service and the British Heart Foundation to help the community save lives by improving the chain of survival of people experiencing a ‘heart attack’.

Each CRDO is a Scottish Ambulance Service Paramedic, with extensive clinical knowledge and experience.The CRDO post was funded by the British Heart Foundation until 2011 and is now a permanent position, funded by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Community Resuscitation Development Officers role is to:

  • develop and support ‘Community First Responder’ volunteer schemes (There are now 126 schemes and over 1067 volunteers across Scotland)
  • establish Public Access Defibrillators and provide community education about these
  • develop links between Community First Responder’ schemes and local station staff
  • train community members in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), via the ‘Heartstart’ campaign, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation