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A reader sent news of this organisation in order to raise awareness of its work

Established in 2005 Fastaid provides and trains Community First Responders (CFRs) in the Solihull and Birmingham areas of the West Midlands.

CFRs are volunteers, trained to a nationally recognised medical standard, to provide lifesaving treatment to people in their local community. Responders are called out by West Midlands Ambulance Service if they can reach a life threatening situation quicker than an ambulance crew.

Community First Responders normally cover an area approximately of 7 minutes travelling time from their home or work place. They are always backed up by an ambulance.

fas+vehicleSytner Solihull, sponsored this BMW Mini FastAid Response Car

In the UK around 175,000 people have a heart attack each year, about one every three minutes. After a patient has collapsed following a heart attack, every minute a defibrillator is not used the chances of survival reduce by 10%. Each year Fastaid Community First Responders successfully resuscitate members of the public who wouldn’t be alive today without rapid intervention.

Volunteers should be:

  • Aged 18 +
  • Have a current driving licence
  • Be physically fit
  • Be able to attend incidents whilst at home or work
  • Have a caring nature,
  • Be willing to help raise the profile of the schemes in local areas and assist with fund-raising, as these schemes are designed to be self-supporting.

Successful applicants must pass a Criminal Records Bureau check and attend a training course for four weekends and complete training with ambulance crews and a community paramedic before going live.

People interested in becoming a local Community First Responder, should contact CFR Admin Office by email or call 01384 215855.

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