West Midlands Ambulance now recruiting CFRs

West Midlands Ambulance Service are now recruiting CFRs across the West Midlands region. If you are successful and live in the Solihull borough, Sutton Coldfield, Sheldon, Perry Barr, Great Barr, Kingstanding, Halesowen or Moseley you would join Fastaid.

The details below give some information on what the role of CFR involves.

If you believe you have what it takes to become a CFR, you can apply at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/917136795. Applications close on 31 May 2022 so you only have a few weeks.

What is required?

There’s no such thing as a typical CFR. FastAid volunteers come from all walks of life but you need:

  • To be aged 18 or over
  • To be physically fit
  • To hold a current full driving licence (maximum 3 penalty points)
  • Have a caring nature
  • Able to attend incidents whilst at home or work
  • To attend regular training sessions
  • Willing to help raise the profile and finances of FastAid

Due to the nature of the work all members of the team are subject to a DBS Check.

How much time do I have to give?

The role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.  In return, we ask our members to be available to respond to emergency calls for at least 20 hours per month and to help to keep the charity running.  Once qualified, FastAid will provide access to a scheme car, fully kitted with lifesaving equipment.

We appreciate many have busy lives.  When you volunteer is entirely up to you. Some CFR’s do certain days of the week, other prefer evenings, some book on as and when time is available.

FastAid – Community First Responders

Established in 2005 Fastaid provides and trains Community First Responders (CFRs)  in the Solihull and Birmingham area’s of the West Midlands.

So what is a Community First Responder?

CFRs are volunteers, trained to a nationally recognised medical standard, to provide live saving treatment to people in the community. Responders are ‘called out’ by West Midlands Ambulance Service if they can reach a life threatening situation quicker than an Ambulance Crew. Community First Responders normally cover an area approximately of 7 minutes travelling time from their home or work place. They are always backed up by an ambulance.

In the UK around 175,000 people have a cardiac arrest each year, thats about one every three minutes. Most of these happen out side of hospital. The only effective treatment for a cardiac arrest is Defibrillation. CFRs carry Defibrillators for shocking the heart. The sooner a defibrillator is used the better chance of survival. After a patient has collapsed following a cardiac arrest, every minute a defibrillator is not used the chances of survival reduce by 10%. Each year Fastaid Community First Responders successfully resuscitate members of the public, that have suffered a cardiac arrest, who without rapid intervention wouldn’t be alive today.

Fancy becoming a friend of FastAid?

FastAid isn’t all about responding to emergency calls. If you would like to help  but don’t want to become a CFR then this could be for you. We need lots of help with fundraising, training and all sorts of non-operational roles. If you can help then become a friend of FastAid and play a vital role in helping to keep us going. The amount of time you give is completely flexible, so  can fit around you.  Please if you have some time to spare and want to get involved give us a shout to find out more.

 For more information contact us, we would love to hear from you.

 info@fastaid.org.uk

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