Bridgnorth Community First Responders fundraising for response car

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – 11.10am – Chris Kowalik.

A fundraising campaign has been launched by volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire.

Bridgnorth Community First Responders (CFRs) have their sights set on a response car to help them get to nearby patients in need while an emergency ambulance is en-route.

Community First Responders are everyday members of the public trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques. They then make themselves available ‘on-call’ with the ambulance service’s control room in the event of a medical emergency in their area.

There are currently six active CFRs in Bridgnorth.

Co-ordinator Ian Thompson said: “Currently our volunteers respond in their own cars. A response vehicle for the group would enable us to provide more cover on occasions because people won’t have to rely on their own transport. The car will be a 4×4, which means in treacherous weather we will be able to get to areas not possible in our own cars.”

For further information on Bridgnorth’s Community First Responders., visit . If you can help, contact Ian Thompson on

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Ambulance service staff in Warwickshire take on ice bucket challenge

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – 10.10am – Chris Kowalik.

When West Midlands Ambulance Service staff in Warwickshire agreed to the ice bucket challenge, they wanted it to be extra special. So, the fire service got involved to give them another dousing.

Thirteen off-duty staff met at Stratford fire and ambulance station on Monday 1st September


Started in America, the ice bucket challenge has raised £60million for ASL (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), known in the UK as Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The disease affects the brain and the spinal cord causing motor neurones to degenerate and die, leading to gradual paralysis and eventual death.

Paramedic Tamara Smith said: “We were nominated by Tom Barnwell (controller in the emergency operations centre, also known for his appearance on BBC One’s ‘The Voice’). We’ve also seen the ice bucket challenges on the internet and thought it would be nice to do a group one to raise money for MND. It’s become a bit more poignant now because one of my relatives has just been diagnosed with MND.”

As the buckets were turned over, Stratford’s firefighters turned on their hoses.


You can see a video of the event at .

To donate to the UK Motor Neurone Disease Association, text ICED55 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070 or visit


Woman rescued from under train

Monday 1st September 2014 – 3.00pm – John Hawker.

A woman has been rescued after slipping under a stationary train in Birmingham this morning.

The incident occurred on platform 1A, New Street Station at around 8.40am.

A rapid response motorcycle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were called to reports of a woman who had slipped off the platform down the side of a train.

“On arrival at the scene medics made their way under the train and treated the woman for the effects of a medical episode and also minor injuries.

“The woman’s condition was stabilised and she was removed by ambulance crews and the HART team before being transferred by ambulance to City Hospital for further treatment.

“The woman, believed to be in her 30’s, was trapped for around 40 minutes.”


We have no further details on this incident.

Car, caravan and lorry crash in Stoke-on-Trent

Monday 1st September 2014 – 8.45am – Chris Kowalik.

Four men in a car towing a caravan have been injured following a collision with a lorry in north Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A50 and A521 at Blythe Bridge shortly before 6.10am today.

Four ambulance crews, four BASICS emergency doctors, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car ended up between the jackknifed lorry’s cab and trailer. The caravan was smashed. The driver was the relatively most serious casualty with a chest injury, the others had minor injuries.

“Because of the extent of the vehicle damage. all four were taken as a precaution to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to be further assessed.

“The lorry driver was in shock but otherwise uninjured.”


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