CFRs and Air Cadets fly through bag pack


Wednesday 19th June – 5.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Volunteers from the Burntwood and District Community First Responders recently joined forces with members of the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets to carry out a supermarket bag pack in a bid to raise money to help the local community.

Community First Responders (CFRs) are groups of volunteers that respond to medical emergencies in rural communities on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability.

These CFR groups are entirely self-funded, so often volunteers will not only be seen attending medical emergencies but they can often be seen out in the local community fundraising and raising awareness of their scheme.

The Burntwood and District CFRs have now been responding for a year and a half and currently have three active responders.

Talking about the fundraising event, Burntwood & District Community First Responder, Eddie Malpass said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the members from the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets – Hednesford Unit for their outstanding effort during the day. The team managed to raise over £400 which will help with the fuel and maintenance costs to keep our response vehicle on the road.

“I would also like to thank Morrisons in Burntwood for their continued support and of course the local community for all their donations. Without your support and generous donations we wouldn’t be able to continue responding.”


Pictured: CFR group coordinator Vicky Cahill and volunteers from the Girls Venture Corps Air Cadets – Hednesford Unit.

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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