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Arrive Alive launches new drive for volunteer first responders

Sarah Mason 1st Feb, 2021

A MEDICAL charity with strong links to Solihull is on the hunt for volunteers to help in an emergency.

Arrive Alive has joined forces with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to recruit volunteers to help save lives as part of the First Responder network.

Community first responders are given training by the ambulance trust and will be called if there is an emergency near by.

They are given a vehicle complete with equipment to carry out life-saving actions where needed.

In March 2019 Arrive Alive donated a third ambulance car to FastAid Solihull so volunteers, who are on-call at the same time as ambulance resources but due to their location will often get to a patient first and start potentially life-saving treatment before an ambulance arrives on scene.

It was donated as part of Arrive Alive’s Silver Second Appeal which is funded solely by public donations.

WMAS are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds that care about making a difference in their community.

Andy Jeynes from WMAS said, “Its fantastic the support Arrive Alive has already given to these schemes as they are independent from the ambulance service and fund all their own uniform and equipment.

“For every Car that Arrive Alive has provided to one of our Volunteer schemes that is potentially another life saved in the Community.”

To become part of WMAS Community First Responder network applications open on NHS jobs on Thursday 28th January 2021 for two weeks.

Successful shortlisted applicants will receive training from West Midlands Ambulance Service at their national academy in Brierley Hill.

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