Lincolnshire Emergency Medical Response (LEMR) was formerly known as First Response, which was a national charity made up of multiple regional schemes founded in 1998 by Scott Bateman MBE. Scott’s father sadly passed away after suffering from a fatal heart attack.

Scott felt that his father may have survived if someone with advanced life support (ALS) skills had been nearer to hand, so he started to research ways of reducing the time to receive ALS thus improving the patient’s chance of survival.

Unfortunately, parts of the scheme didn’t have the resources to carry out the mission and dissolved. This prompted us to register as a new, Lincolnshire-based charity on 19th April 2011, with the official launch on 1st September 2011. And so, LEMR was born!



LEMR is made up of approximately 45 selfless volunteers, all of who are either current or ex-serving Armed Forces personnel, from all trades and ranks from across Lincolnshire. These volunteers give up their own free time to put something back into the Lincolnshire community, in order to provide a rapid and dynamic response to 999 emergency calls in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

LEMR utilise two Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV). Both vehicles are Skodas (Octavia VRS) and were purchased and owned by the charity through generous public donations, as well as a Lottery grant and funding via the Armed Forces Covenant. Both cars are fully marked up, fitted with blue lights and sirens and operate out of RAF Cranwell.
On arrival at an incident it is the response crew’s job to assess the situation, triage patients and utilise their skills to preserve life until the arrival of a front line ambulance crew. Upon the arrival of a front line crew we conduct a comprehensive handover then enter an assisting role until stood down.

On top of responding to emergency calls, our volunteers give up further spare time to complete continuous training which is deliver by EMAS, keeping us in line and up to date with the standards expected of front line crews. We also carry out fund raising in city centres, department stores and village fetes. We can often be found visiting local schools delivering safety messages and CPR demonstrations, along with giving talks to various organisations such as Scouts and Rotary Clubs.

As a non-profitable charity we depend on public donations and fundraising events to allow LEMR to function. These range from collections at local supermarkets and special events, to donations from families, people we have helped, and local businesses. All of this is part of the workload and commitment of members of LEMR, in addition to their day-to-day jobs.