Ettington Community
First Responder Scheme
Providing first-response emergency medical care in the Stourdene region of South Warwickshire in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service
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Meet the team

Name Tim Greenway
Role Community First Responder
Home Location Combrook
Occupation Chartered Engineer


About Yourself

I’m a mechanical engineer in the day job, currently working in Warwickshire but previously in India, Asia and briefly in the US. Some years back, I completed two years with https://www.vsointernational.org/about-us at a hospital in Ghana. Looking back, VSO was probably one of my key motivations for joining the E-CFR.

You say …

“I joined the team to try to give something back to the community in which I live, doing my best to help people when in need”

 
Name Dave Ariss
Role Community First Responder
Home Location Long Marston
Occupation Part time H&S Advisor and Airport Firefighter


About Yourself

I have always had an interest in first aid and since my early career in the military, my focus has always really been around service and helping people. In my spare time I enjoy going to see live music, keeping fit and flying having gained a private pilots licence.

You say …

“I joined the team because … I wanted to help people and give something back to the local community”

 
Name Barry Mckenzie
Role Community First Responder
Home Location Wellesbourne
Occupation Sports Centre Manager


About Yourself

For the last 25+ years I have worked in the Sports & Leisure Industry.  Some years back I had the privilege to be part of the Warwickshire Constabulary as a Special Constable. Working as a Special Constable, I learnt something new about myself and my abilities in facing, sometimes, difficult and challenging situations. I enjoy spending time with my family; my hobbies include athletics and generally keeping fit.

You say …

“I became a Community First Responder to help and give time back to my local community”

 
Name Rennie Boreham
Role Community First Responder
Home Location Ettington
Occupation Midwife and Special Needs Teacher


About Yourself

I joined the team in April 2014 and, having started my training as a CFR in February 2015, I became operational in April 2015. I am a Registered Midwife and a teacher of children with special needs. My personal interests outside family and work are cooking and baking (especially tasty Czech treats), reading, travel, and technology and useful gadgets. A long hot bath is my best reward at the end of the day.

You say …

"I joined the team because I enjoy taking an active role in my community. I will be able to make a real difference to someone’s life; just like in my employment as a Community Midwife.  Contrary to what most people think though, being a registered Midwife does not bring an automatic medical advantage because the role of a CFR is so different. The training given by WMAS is thorough and confidence building, and the team spirit within the Ettington CFR Scheme is strong. My most memorable event so far was at the conclusion of my induction training when I spent two shifts with a paramedic crew; not only did this give real experience of emergency medical care but, with every job on every shift arriving out of the blue, it gave me confidence that I too will be able to respond to the unknown."

 
Name Cath Hewson
Role Community First Responder
Home Location Pillerton Priors
Occupation Medical Equipment Manager & Trainer


About Yourself

I joined the team in early-2010 and ‘went live’ as a CFR in November 2010. I work for Philips Healthcare in their Medical Ultrasound division. My job has two parts; the first being the management of the Ultrasound team and the second being the demonstration to, and training of, sonographers in hospitals across the Midlands to use Philips Ultrasound machines. Before my current role,I worked as a Cardiac Physiologist in the NHS, based at UHCW Walsgrave hospital, Coventry.

You say …

“I was born and raised in the Pillertons, so when I moved back to the villages in 2010, I was keen to give something back to the community which my family has lived in for several generations.  Becoming a CFR also gave me the opportunity to continue using my advanced life support skills learnt during my clinical role at Walsgrave hospital. The CFR training from WMAS is very thorough and I was used to being ‘on-call’ for the hospital but being called out to someone’s home is very different.  Even with my clinical background nothing quite prepares you for that first ‘job’ when you will be the first person at the scene, never quite sure what you will be confronted with. I relished the challenges of being a CFR and find volunteering for WMAS very rewarding.  Even if I am only a friendly face to hold someone’s hand until the ambulance arrives I feel that I’m making a positive difference. All the patients that we are deployed to are memorable for many different reasons but raising local awareness is also very rewarding. Any spare time I have is taken up either horse riding or cycling in the local countryside. Surprisingly, this local knowledge has greatly helped me in my role as a CFR - I rarely need to use a map or SatNav to find the locations I’m deployed to whether in the Pillertons or surrounding villages that we cover.”