Warwick District Community First Responders are a charity who were set up initially to provide immediate trained response to 999 calls when there is not a West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) resource immediately available. Volunteers are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service and are activated by the 999 Ambulance Control to these emergencies. Over the last four years since formation, the Group has averaged around 400 call outs to 999 emergencies each year.
The group is entirely self funded and volunteer Responders are unpaid.
People trained over the 3 last years
In addition to our work as Responders, the Group forms part of the ‘Warwickshire Hearts’ consortium with with two other local organisations: Evelyn’s Gift Charity and Waterside Medical Centre. Together we are working to improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest survival in Warwick District by proactively training members of the public in CPR and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator. In 2015 we trained over 1000 people. In 2016 we aim to top that and have been assisted to do this by a generous equipment grant from Warwickshire County Council.
In order to both fundraise and to get our organisation known to members of the community who are not ill – we also undertake First Aid for events such as the Warwick Food Festival drawing on our pool of well qualified Emergency Responders and other trained personnel including Paramedics and a qualified Pharmacist. We often work closely with Avon Valley Community First Responders when larger volumes of staff are required.