CFRs’ ‘drive’ for funds

Volunteers working for West Midlands Ambulance Service are working hard to raise funds for a replacement vehicle for Broseley’s Community First Responders.

“Our Honda has served us well,” said Broseley CFR Phil Revell. “But it’s 15 years old and overdue for replacement.”

Community First Responders are unpaid volunteers trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) to respond to 999 calls in their local area. Every CFR response is backed up by WMAS paramedics, but, as the name suggests, the intention is that the CFR will arrive first, and those vital minutes can be of crucial importance in the care of a patient. CFRs also train local people in lifesaving resuscitation and work with others on the installation and management of public defibrillators. WMAS supports the scheme with training and medical supplies, but all other costs have to be raised within the community.

Phils adds, “We’ll be making some bids for funds, and running local events. Hopefully we’ll have enough funds to buy a replacement vehicle by the end of the year. Our next event is a Quiz at Broseley Social Club on Saturday 13 April. Please call 07858 366351 if you’d like to support us in any way.”

Pictured: First responder Mark Jones with Broseley’s mayor Mick Burton alongside the scheme’s trusty Honda CrV

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