If you believe you have what it takes to become a CFR, then this could be your opportunity to train, to gain lifesaving skills and to serve your community by responding to 999 calls on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service.  You will be providing life support and initial care as a first person on scene until the arrival of an emergency ambulance.

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.



In what areas are you recruiting?

FastAid operates throughout Solihull, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Halesowen.  Right now, we are looking for applications from people who live in, or have a good local knowledge, of the following postcodes.

B27 B28 B38 B62 B63 B64 B65 B74 B75 B76
B90 B91 B92 B93 B94 B40

What should I do next?

West Midlands Ambulance Service have advertised the roles on their jobs website.

If you live in or have knowledge of the following postcodes

B90 B91 B92 B93 B94 B40

You can apply at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916362737

If you live in or have knowledge of the following postcodes

B27 B28 B38 B62 B63 B64 B65 B74 B75 B76

You can apply at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/916362708

So that we are aware of your interest, please E Mail recruitment@fastaid.org.uk and we will return a form for you to complete just with your details.

Importantly, recruitment to become a CFR is controlled and administered by West Midlands Ambulance Service and the vacancies will be advertised by West Midlands Ambulance Service on NHS Jobs www.jobs.nhs.uk from January 28th to February 11th.  Responding to the job advert there is key to getting started on the selection process.

West Midlands Ambulance Service positively welcomes diversity and aims to be a truly inclusive place to work. We are looking for self-motivated, enthusiastic people from all backgrounds that care about making a difference.

What Then?

Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to a virtual interview when they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role of a Community Responder and West Midlands Ambulance University NHS Foundation Trust.

Offer of Community First Responder roles will be subject to satisfactory completion of pre-placement checks, which consist of successful interview, Occupational Health pre-placement questionnaire, two references, and Disclosure and Barring Service clearance at the enhanced level.