LIFE-saving volunteers were out and about in Solihull town centre on Tuesday.
A team from the charity FastAid were on-hand to talk to shoppers about what they do.
Passers-by were shown the equipment which the team use, and given demonstrations on how to resuscitate casualties.
A fund raising raffle was also held, with prizes donated by several Touchwood stores.
There’s already a dedicated team of first responders – who are dispatched to 999 calls on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Shirley man, Richard Pask, was even presented with an award by the ambulance service, having attended over 100 incidents.
Volunteers are often the first on the scene and can attend heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies.
Sam Jackson, from Chadwick End, is one of the first-responder team, and said it could be very rewarding: “We’re a charity, so there’s a lot of fund-raising involved in what we do,” she explained. “As a first-responder, the amount of calls can vary – I live in a village, so there’s probably not as many calls as in other areas. But it is a very important role.”
As the Solihull News was chatting to the team, a call came through on the radio, and a couple of the volunteers dashed off to an incident at nearby House of Fraser.
FastAid is hoping to recruit more volunteers in areas like north Solihull, Acocks Green, and Olton.
To get involved, call 07788 190126, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.