Elena Lewis – Friday 16th June 2023 – 9:00am.
Ashley and Loggerheads’ Community First Responder (CFR) are thrilled to be swapping their 10-year-old scheme car for a brand new, 4×4 Volvo.
The brand-new vehicle which allows CFRs to reach patients in more challenging areas and in all weather conditions is with thanks to the generosity of their local community, a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund and James Du Pavey Estate Agents
CFRs, who volunteer in their local communities across the West Midlands attend to some of the most seriously ill patients to assist ambulance staff with life-saving treatment. 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.
One of Ashley and Loggerheads’ CFRs Simon Crofts said: “Being a CFR is a big responsibility, we get to meet wonderful people in our community at sometimes what could be the worst moments of their lives.
“Supporting the ambulance service, in the way we do, getting to those patients a little sooner gives them a better chance of survival and reassures them and their family at their time of need, its hugely rewarding.
“Being a CFR means giving a little of your time to give others a chance to have more of their own.”
Not only do CFRs act as lifesavers, they also train people to save lives. CFR volunteers often hold CPR and defibrillation sessions within their local communities. If you would like to learn more about your local CFR scheme, or want to learn how CFRs can teach you to save a life, find out more here.
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Link to Community First Responders page https://wmas.nhs.uk/wmas-services/community-first-responders/
Group photo with CFRs and Sponsors James Du Pavey Estate Agents