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Solihull 'Alfa' squad hit 500 mercy mission calls

A Solihull based Community First Responder scheme has reached their 500th 999 call in their new car in May.

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A Solihull based Community First Responder scheme has reached their 500th 999 call in their new car in May.

The FastAid CFRs are volunteers who attend 999 calls in their local communities in Dorridge, Knowle, Solihull and surrounding areas on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Last month they responded to their 500th call using their Alfa Romeo Mito which was donated to the scheme by Guest Alfa in April last year.

The ‘Alfa’ team not only reached a milestone in their new car but May saw them respond to a record 53 calls. The five CFRs were on duty and available to provide life saving treatment on 26 out of 31 days in May.

Sam Jackson, FastAid Scheme Coordinator, said: “They’re a great team, very experienced and work really well together and have done so since the scheme was launched six years ago.

“The CFRs are usually the first on scene to 999 calls in their local community and frequently respond to patients suffering breathing difficulties, chest pain and traumatic injuries. They’re a dedicated bunch and the public are very supportive of the CFRs.”

John Ellison, the Trust’s acting Community Response Manager for Birmingham, said: “The high activity in May is very impressive and shows the value of the Trust working in partnership with FastAid to provide excellent patient care to communities in Solihull.

“FastAid Alpha team are pioneers in this area as they were the first scheme to have a car and continue to go from strength to strength.”

Community First Responders are everyday members of the public who have been trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and provide lifesaving treatment to people in their local communities.

They give vital aid in an emergency prior to the arrival of full-time ambulance personnel.

 

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