Like every big corporation, First Respond started small. In the beginning, it was only a group of volunteers led by Mr. Lu Le, now the CEO of the company, providing first aid services to runners in marathon events in China. It was not until later, when they encountered a series of deaths caused by sudden cardiac arrests during race events, that they realized something was wrong. The founding members did some research and found that:
1. In China, pre-hospital emergency care system is nearly absent with significant lack of professionally trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.
2. A survival rate of cardiac arrest is less than 1% for out-of-hospital patients even in top tier cities.
3. Less than 1% of the Chinese population is equipped with basic life-saving skills.
4. Most public places in China do not have Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) installed and first aid kits prepared for emergency situations.