How it works

We are a team of Community First Responders who live in Bubbenhall and Ryton-on-Dunsmore and work in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). We currently have three active volunteers in Bubbenhall, one in Ryton and one being trained to cover Weston-under-Wetherley. Our training is to a National Ambulance Standards level (IHCD First Person on Scene) provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service enabling us to deal with medical emergencies that are deemed immediately life threatening.

Community First Responders are primarily called to attend "Category A" emergency calls; these are 999 calls which the West Midlands Ambulance Service deems to be "Serious and/or life threatening" and therefore by their very nature need medical help to arrive as quickly as possible, usually within the first 8 minutes from the 999 call being made. 

"Category A" calls are usually where the patient is suffering from some of the following illnesses or symptoms:-
  • Cardiac arrest 
  • Unconscious and collapsed patients 
  • Chest pains (e.g. heart attacks and acute angina) 
  • Breathing difficulties (e.g. asthma, acute on-set bronchitis/emphysema) 
  • Diabetic emergencies (e.g. hypoglycemia) 
  • Fitting or convulsions (e.g. epilepsy) 
  • Stroke (CVA) 
  • Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction) 
  • Choking patients 
The Department of Health has set a target for ambulance services to respond to at least 75% of "Category A" calls within 8 minutes. Research has shown that an individual’s chance of survival following a sudden cardiac arrest decreases by 7% to 10% for every minute following onset (see figure below).

Research carried out in 1990 has helped to develop the sequence of events that maximises the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest. This is referred to as the ‘chain of survival’:

When operational WMAS will alert the team if there is a 999-call which needs an urgent response in our coverage area. 
Our coverage area for this scheme will include Bubbenhall and the surrounding villages within our community - Baginton, Ryton, Stoneleigh, Weston under Wetherley and Ashow  (see Area of cover page for map). The scheme will also be able to provide backup to Ryton. 

Given the need to reach a casualty in the shortest possible time in order to maximise the chances of saving life each of our volunteer First Responders carries a full set of equipment including an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Oxygen and other life saving equipment.  All of our equipment is purchased and maintained through fundraising activities and voluntary donations to the group; we receive no funding from WMAS or the NHS to provide this service for our community.  Our team are committed as volunteers to provide our time free of charge for responding to call-outs, training and fundraising.

In time it is hoped that Bubbenhall CFRs will be able to provide 24 x 7 cover, however this level of cover will require more volunteers to be recruited. In the short term our service objective is to provide cover during periods of high risk as advised by WMAS and the Risk Profile contained within the Bubbenhall Emergency Plan.