What do we do?
Leam Valley Community First Responders (CFR’s) form part of a coordinated approach to saving lives. We are volunteers who work closely with and are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service. Our role does not replace an Ambulance but bridges the gap between a 999 call and the arrival of the Ambulance Service. As CFR’s we attend a wide range of medical or trauma related emergencies which may include; cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, choking, epilepsy, diabetes related incidents, unconsciousness, falls and road traffic collisions.
Leam Valley CFR Group
For the last 20 months, we have been CFR’s with the Rugby CFR Group gaining experience. We will remain affiliated to them once our group is formally established in order for us to continue with training updates. The Leam Valley CFR Group is being established at the request of the West Midlands Ambulance Service to assist in coverage of the Leam Valley and outlying villages within in the CV23 postcode specifically the following villages; Willoughby, Wolfhamcote, Nethercote, Flecknoe, Sawbridge, Grandborough, Broadwell, Hill, Leamington Hastings, Birdingbury, Bourton, Frankton, Draycote, Kites Hardwick, Thurlaston, Dunchurch, Onley Park, Wolscott and if required, Barby, Braunston, Lower Shuckburgh and Napton. We acknowledge there may be an area overlap with other CFR Groups.However, when on-call, we will attend all 999 calls as directed by ambulance call centres.
As residents within the Leam Valley, we’ve been fundraising for the last 16 months, trying to accumulate adequate independent resources to help us formally establish the Leam Valley CFR Group. As with the majority of CFR groups, we will be a registered charity and therefore, will need to be self-funding in our own right. West Midlands Ambulance Service provide only consumable items e.g.oxygen cylinders, dressings etc.. In order to purchase, maintain and when needed, improve equipment and supplies, we do many fundraising activities. For agreed donations, we can provide first aid cover for events e.g. fetes and can give talks, demonstrations and CPR and defibrillator training.
Sponsorship, training and events
For the foreseeable future, we will be responding in our own vehicles when on call. Consequently we are looking for sponsorship for the provision, maintenance, upkeep and running costs e.g. tyres, insurance and MOT in addition to secure storage for a specific Leam Valley CFR Group vehicle. If you or your company are in a position to provide sponsorship towards a vehicle, once sourced, we would be willing to come to a reciprocal arrangement on advertising your company. If you are in a position to offer sponsorship, would like us to attend an event, provide a talk or training for your village or, are considering the purchase of your own community defibrillator, please contact us for further information and we’ll be happy to meet with you to discuss your requirements further.