WEST Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing for people to become Community First Responders (CFRs.

Volunteers are particularly needed in and around Malvern, Upton-upon-Severn, Tenbury and Broadway.

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

They will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route and are vital in life-threatening situations.

Noel Orbell, Community Response Manager, said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life. When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed-up by an emergency ambulance service vehicle.

“To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm.

“Help will be provided in obtaining the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training."

Michelle Brotherton, West Midlands Ambulance Service General Manager for the West Mercia area added: “We really support Community First Responders and call upon them to help their local community.

"Community First Responders are an integral part of the ambulance service. The work they do is outstanding and is greatly valued."

For details or to volunteer, call Mr Orbell on 07980 094808, the CFR Admin office on 01384 215855 or email CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk.