Appeal launched for new defibrillators - The Solihull Observer
Online Editions

13th Aug, 2022

Appeal launched for new defibrillators

Solihull Editorial 5th Feb, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

FASTAID has launched its biggest ever appeal for help in replacing its ageing defibrillators – the only device capable of getting the heart back into a normal rhythm following a cardiac arrest.

The group of 30 Ambulance Community First Responders (CFRs) needs to raise £30,000 to equip its volunteers across Solihull and Birmingham with the latest generation of life saving Defibrillators.

CFRs are unpaid volunteers dispatched by West Midlands Ambulance Service to 999 calls at the same time as the Ambulance Service also responds further resources.

As CFRs are community based, usually responding from their home, they can be on scene quickly and potentially save a person’s life.

Terry Flower, a volunteer Community First Responder said this appeal is by far the largest project the charity has ever undertaken.

He added: “The renewal cost is well beyond our present funds at about £950 each.

“The defibrillator is arguably the most important piece of kit we carry – and the most expensive.

“Though they are still serviceable, it is vital to replace them now with updated equipment and we are asking for help to achieve this”.

Donations can be made via the FastAid website by visiting or sending CFRS13 as a text message followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.

Online Editions

Catch up on your local news by reading our e-editions on the Solihull Observer.

Property Finder 24/7

Search for properties in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Solihull Observer.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.