Red Horse Vale Community First Responders is made up of a group of volunteers whose purpose is to provide emergency medical care until the ambulance service resource arrives on scene. The responders are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical aid to people living and working in the local community.
The team currently comprises of six operational CFRs, one of whom is also the Scheme Coordinator, and four non-responding members who cover the roles of Chairperson, Events Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer and Training Co-Ordinator.
It is important to understand that we do not replace the ambulance service, but we are able to provide necessary support and assistance until their arrival.
Like all First Responder Schemes across the country we receive no funds from central sources and rely entirely on fund raising, sponsorship and donations. The team give their time freely for all of the schemes activities, which in addition to responding include: training, fundraising, event support, basic life support and first aid training, and administration.
Our CFR Scheme covers the Stourdene region of South Warwickshire, and beyond; the term ‘Stourdene’ arising because collectively, the communities encompassed are all close to the River Stour and the River Dene.
Meet the Team
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and professional backgrounds, and you don’t need previous medical training to become a responder. All responders receive training from West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust and hold the Ambulance Community First Responder qualification.