Guest Motors: Rob Spittle

Guest Motors in West Bromwich has supported FastAid since its beginning approx. 10 years ago. They have kindly provided FastAid Birmingham & Solihull with scheme responder cars.

The first was an Alfa Romeo. This was then replaced by a second Alfa. After this the dealership provided a 4×4 Fiat Panda which has just been replaced by a Jeep Renegade. We acknowledge their help and support which has contributed to the success of the CFR schemes in so many ways.

In recognition of their support Rob Spittle, MD from Guest Motors was presented with a Business Support Award.

Community First Responders – Chief Officer Commendations:

Karen Ratcliffe

Although Karen Ratcliffe is now an ex-CFR she is still a keen supporter of FastAid and regularly helps with events and fundraising. However, once a CFR – always a CFR!
Karen is involved with a series of ‘Park Runs’ which take place every Saturday morning in Solihull. In May, Karen was not running as she was taking her turn to marshall the event and was equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator from FastAid. Suddenly a 60-year-old runner passed her and collapsed. Karen immediately identified that the gentleman was in cardiac arrest and applied the pads, the first time ever despite her years in FastAid. A shock was advised by the defibrillator. By the time the first paramedic arrived the man was conscious and talking.

Alan Bartlett, Kings Norton

In July of this year there was a serious road traffic collision on the M5 in Gloucestershire. The incident involved 5 cars and 2 lorries. One of the cars had been pushed under the back of a fuel tanker with two people trapped in the front. Alan ‘Alfie’ Bartlett was just behind in the traffic and was on scene almost immediately dealing with the trapped patients. The senior operations officer from the South West Ambulance Service described his actions as beyond the call of a Community Responder.