A NEW lifesaving vehicle is set to hit the roads thanks to generous donations from Solihull Chamber of Commerce.
Arrive Alive, which provides vehicles and equipment for Community First Responder (CFR) groups to attend medical emergencies, has handed over the keys to a 4×4 to teams in nearby Droitwich.
Each vehicle is allocated to an area by West Midlands Ambulance Service who dispatch the CFRs at the same time as an ambulance to help those in need.
During their two years of support the committee and members of Solihull Chamber of Commerce have helped to raise an amazing £21,596.96.
Debbie Roscoe from Arrive Alive said: “To be able to support the community with additional medical resources is fantastic.
“However, none of this would be possible without the amazing support of the presidents of Solihull Chamber of Commerce throughout our two years Robert Elliot and Tony Elvin.
“The relentless support from the head of Solihull Chamber of Commerce Samantha Frampton has been wonderful, Sam has been fully committed to championing the lifesaving work of Arrive Alive.
“I would like to pass on a massive thank you from the Arrive Alive team to every individual who has supported us, it is greatly appreciated. Additional vehicles and equipment are urgently needed to enable Arrive Alive to support the voluntary lifesaving superheroes who are on the frontline supporting the ambulance service.”
Andy Jeynes, community response manager at West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Arrive Alive has already supplied lifesaving equipment in addition to a number vehicles for community responder schemes.
“These volunteers are recruited and trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service, attending the same National Training Academy in Dudley as our full time staff.
“They are trained to deal with medical and traumatic emergencies and use the same communication equipment as our emergency ambulances to respond to 999 calls within the community. “
For more or to donate visit www.arrivealiveresponse.co.uk