Like all Community First Responder teams in the UK, we are funded entirely by public donations and other community funding initiatives. Keeping ourselves funded and financially viable is a constant task with much of the activity being labour intensive. This is, of course on top of our primary role of providing emergency medical care.
While West Midlands Ambulance fund our training, and certain supplies they don’t provide our equipment or any vehicles. The cost to kit out each first responder is approx. £1200 which has to be funded by donations. We are also looking in the future towards obtaining a vehicle, which comes with all the costs of running and buying a vehicle.