FastAid – During the Coronavirus pandemic

So much has changed for everyone over the past weeks but FastAid volunteers are still supporting West Midlands Ambulance and the community whenever we can.

Some of our CFRs are still responding, whilst others who work in the health care environment (doctor, nurses, care workers and ambulance staff) are not able to respond at present due to the danger of cross contamination.

Whilst our hours on call are much reduced, we are also out doing other activities, such as delivering PPE around the West Midlands to keep our volunteers equipped and safe.

It’s a difficult time for us right now, with the lockdown our funding has largely dried up but we still have to maintain our equipment, run and insure our vehicles.

If you can help, please click to donate.

Thanks and stay safe.


Earlier in the year we applied to The Sun 50 grant scheme for help towards the purchase of equipment and uniform for our responders.

We are proud to have won a Sun 50 grant, celebrating ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The grant will be used to purchase vital life-saving equipment and to replace old, and provide additional, uniforms to our responders.

Visit to see more on the campaign and learn a little more about some of the winners.

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.

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