WMAS Press Release – New Scheme Cars in Warwickshire

The following article, together with the accompanying photos, is a Press Release issued by West Midlands Ambulance Service on 17 May 2012.
Whilst the scheme car is used for many callouts, our team members continue to use their own cars as required (about a 50/50 split across callouts since the car was introduced into service in December 2011).

CFR Scheme’s New Wheels Roll Into Action

Volunteer lifesavers in Coventry and Warwickshire now have more mobility than ever thanks to taking delivery of several CFR (Community First Responder) scheme response cars.

Nine response cars are now fully operational in the area and are used by CFRs to get to 999 calls as soon as possible. CFRs are everyday members of the public who have been trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator (a device which may restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest) and respond to emergencies in their local communities.

The CFRs may be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies while an ambulance resource is en-route. But, rather than travelling in their own cars, the volunteers who provide 24/7 cover, are now able to attend medical emergencies in a fully liveried car. CFR Schemes that have cars at the moment are Studley (two cars), Henley in Arden, Gaydon, Oxhill, Ettington, Shipston on Stour, Rugby and Long Compton.

There are 19 CFR Schemes running in the Coventry and Warwickshire Area, with each one striving to have a scheme car
available to use by its volunteers to help them get to emergencies as soon as possible. In total 230 CFR’s respond to 999 calls in their communities in Coventry and Warwickshire. Ian Inglesant, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Coventry and Warwickshire said: “Getting these cars is a great boost for the Community First Responders schemes. It will help improve their ability to respond to patients who call 999. As all the schemes are funded from donations and charity events, buying a car requires a lot of fundraising and hard work, but they can prove vital in saving people’s lives.” Ian continued: ”If you are interested in making a donation to any of the CFR Schemes or could provide a vehicle or perhaps free servicing or consumables (tyres, etc) then I am sure the CFR schemes would love to hear from you.”

Community First Responders are everyday members of the public who have been trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and provide lifesaving treatment to people in their local communities. They provide vital aid quickly to those living in remote rural locations, prior to the arrival of full-time ambulance personnel.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has provided equipment for the cars, including the responder medical kit and a digital Airwave radio, which is found in all West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicles. The radio will allow CFRs to have direct communication with the ambulance service’s Emergency Operations Centre (control room) and other ambulance crews. The radio will also track the location of the car it is in, so when a 999 call is received within its local area, a CFR can be sent quickly to the scene.

If you are interested in becoming a Community First Responder in Coventry or Warwickshire, call Ian Inglesant, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager on 07795 027284, or call the CFR admin office on 01743 273677 or email: cfradmin@wmas.nhs.uk

WMAS Press Release – New Scheme Cars in Warwickshire