We are kindly supported by our community and all our funds come from charitable donations. We need to fundraise for our responder vehicle as well as equipment and uniforms.
You can help by:
volunteering as a community first responder (see below)
volunteering as a fundraiser
taking part in or organising a fundraising event
making a donation (see the home page of this website for online doanations)
To volunteer as a responder:
• You do not need any previous medical experience. Training is done by West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics who have specialised in training.
• All Staffordshire First Responders are trained to First Person on Scene intermediate or enhanced level.
• The training schedule runs over a number of consecutive weekends. After you qualify you have to do a number of shifts as an observer with an ambulance crew, plus a shift in Ambulance Control.
• There is a (multiple choice) test at the mid-point and at the end of the course. There is also an assessment of the practical skills you have learned.
• The training is provided free by the Ambulance Service, you will just need a couple of textbooks (which you can probably borrow from somebody in the group). Once qualified, your uniform will be provided by our First Responder Group.
• Responders have to be over the age of 18, and over 25 to drive the response vehicle. There is no maximum age but you do of course have to be reasonably fit.
• Responders usually go 'on-call' in pairs. You can volunteer to do as many shifts as you are able. The only thing we ask is that you commit to a minimum of 200 hours per year (it sounds a lot but it's only about 4 hour per week on average). When on call you need to be ready to go out at a moment's notice.
• You must live or work in or near the village and be able to respond from your home or workplace.
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- Stay calm and follow the instructions of the call taker, once your location is established there will be an ambulance on its way but you will be asked more questions which will help us treat the casualty when we arrive.
- Open the front door so we can get access or tell the call taker how we can get in
- If at night, put on lots of lights and open curtains
- Make sure that we can see your house number or name clearly from the road even at night
- If possible, send someone outside to flag us down but stay out of the road for their own safety