Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 11th February – 2.45pm.
South Staffordshire Community First Responders (SSFR) are all kitted out and ready to respond thanks to generous donations which has seen them provided with a new vehicle and storage equipment.
Financial donations from DPD and the National Lottery allowed the scheme to purchase a Mercedes X-class pick-up truck in which to respond to 999 calls on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service in Codsall, Perton, Pattingham, Wombourne, Kinver and all of the surrounding villages.
When they arrive at the scene of a 999 call, the will not have to waste time finding the equipment they need, thanks to Truckman, who have supplied SSFR with their ‘Decked’ storage solution.
CFRs are groups of volunteers who are trained to a national recognised level by West Midlands Ambulance Service and respond to 999 calls in their local communities. They can be vital in reaching patients who are suffering from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, as quickly as possible, particularly in rural communities.
As a result they need a reliable vehicle and to be able to access their equipment in a timely fashion, as in life-threatening situations, every second can prove vital.
Matt Jevons, Founding Trustee of SSFR, said: “We are 100% reliant on donations and grants to keep our vehicles on the road, this includes purchasing and maintaining both of our response vehicles and buying uniform. The very generous support from Truckman has enabled us to fully utilise our new responder vehicle, which we were able to acuire thanks to DPD and the National Lottery.”
Mike Wheeler, Executive Chairman of Dudley-based Truckman, said: “The service provided by CFRs and the dedication of the volunteers is truly admirable. Their rapid response and actions can be the difference between life and death. We are very proud to support their work and hope the provision of ‘Decked’ can give their response times the marginal gains that can be so important in emergency situations.”
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Pictured: Jean Morgan (SSFR Group Co-Ordinator) and Mark Stidston (Truckman Sales Manager)