FASTAID has launched its biggest ever appeal for help in replacing its ageing defibrillators – the only device capable of getting the heart back into a normal rhythm following a cardiac arrest.
The group of 30 Ambulance Community First Responders (CFRs) needs to raise £30,000 to equip its volunteers across Solihull and Birmingham with the latest generation of life saving Defibrillators.
CFRs are unpaid volunteers dispatched by West Midlands Ambulance Service to 999 calls at the same time as the Ambulance Service also responds further resources.
As CFRs are community based, usually responding from their home, they can be on scene quickly and potentially save a person’s life.
Terry Flower, a volunteer Community First Responder said this appeal is by far the largest project the charity has ever undertaken.
He added: “The renewal cost is well beyond our present funds at about £950 each.
“The defibrillator is arguably the most important piece of kit we carry – and the most expensive.
“Though they are still serviceable, it is vital to replace them now with updated equipment and we are asking for help to achieve this”.
Donations can be made via the FastAid website by visiting www.fastaid.org.uk or sending CFRS13 as a text message followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.