A CAR dealership in Solihull has helped to speed up patient care by supporting Community First Responders.
Guest Motors in Knowle have provided a new Alfa Romeo 147 to the Fastaid Community First Responders (CFR's), which will allow volunteer first aiders to support West Midlands Ambulance Service by responding to emergency calls in a professional vehicle.
Trained to a nationally recognised medical standard, CFR's are dispatched by West Midlands Ambulance Service if they can reach a life threatening situation before an Ambulance crew.
Each CFR covers an area of approximately seven minutes travelling time from their home or work place and volunteer a minimum of four hours a week to help their local community.
Solihull currently has 12 of the first aiders with a further 12 in the Black Country.
Simon Brown, Dealer Principal at Guest Motors said: "We are always keen to help local charities, so when we heard about Fastaid and what they do, we wanted to support them."
Dave Monk, chairman of Fastaid said: "We are extremely grateful to Guest Alfa Romeo for this support. The car will be used by CFR's to attend emergency calls as well as to promote Fastaid at fundraising events.
"As the car is marked up with the Fastaid logo it is easy for members of the public to identify us when we're at an incident."
He added: "We're always looking for sponsorship and donations from members of the public and local businesses to help keep this valuable and life saving resource running.
"It costs over £2,000 to equip each CFR with the necessary equipment they need to attend emergency calls therefore donations are instrumental to the growth and survival of the scheme.
"For more information about Fastaid and how you can help to sponsor us please visit www.fastaid.org.uk."
For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest, their rate of survival reduces by 10 per cent.
By attending cardiac arrests in their local area, community first responders are able to provide defibrillation and other life saving care within these golden minutes helping to increase a patients' chance of survival.