Life-saving volunteers wanted across Solihull - The Solihull Observer

Life-saving volunteers wanted across Solihull

Solihull Editorial 1st Jul, 2024   0

LIFE-SAVING volunteers are being called on to join the Solihull ranks as a Community First Responders (CFRs).

FastAid, together with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), are seeking volunteers who ‘have got what it takes’ to train and become part of their team.

Terry Flower, Area Coordinator, explained: “WMAS is recruiting through NHS Jobs and the process went live on June 15.

“We are looking for volunteers who live or work in the north, south and east of the Borough; Marston Green, Smith’s Wood, Chelmsley Wood, Castle Vale, Kingshurst and Fordbridge, Castle Bromwich, Knowle, Dorridge, Hockley Heath, Meriden, Bickenhill and Balsall Common.”

CFRs are everyday members of the public trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.

CFRs are dispatched by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest and trauma when every second counts.

Those volunteering must be 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm. No previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training.

Successful applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course covering basic life support and defibrillation, medical emergencies, traumatic emergencies and preparing for active duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’.

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