Rugby First Responders
First Responders form part of a co-ordinated approach to saving lives, where an ambulance may take some time to arrive. They are not sent in place of an ambulance but do bridge the gap between the 999 call and the arrival of the paramedic.
We are a group of volunteers who live and work within the borough of Rugby. We work in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service responding to 999 calls from our own homes in our own vehicles or in our responder car from a standby point in the town when there is no ambulance available. To prepare for these emergencies we receive professional training from the Ambulance service and we carry a variety of equipment including Automated External Defibrillators.
All the work we do is completely voluntary and the group is designed to be totally self-sufficient relying heavily on donations and fund raising events, responders even purchase part of their own uniform. Therefore it is with the help of our supporters that we are able to purchase our equipment and pay for the running costs of our vehicle allowing us to provide this service to the members of our community.