First Responders (are sent out by the 999 service)

Dane Valley Community First Responders 

A team of volunteers trained by the West Midlands Ambulance Service to attend local 999 emergency calls and deal with a range of potentially life threatening conditions until an ambulance crew arrives.

Help in a 999 emergency

Ambulance crews may take as long as 30 or 40 minutes to reach our local communities in a 999 emergency. A local First Responder can get to a patient in need within minutes, to administer life-saving or stabilising treatment, and to provide support to the ambulance crew when they arrive on scene.

A Dedicated response for the Dane Valley

Our team of volunteer local First Responders operate as part of a rota system from our own homes. We have our own dedicated response vehicle (pictured above), equipped with essential first aid and medical kit including an automated external defibrillator (AED), oxygen and dressings.

We can be dispatched as a local response team at the same time as the ambulance crew to attend 999 emergency calls in Rushton, Meerbrook, Swythamley, Danebridge, Wincle, Heaton, Bosley and beyond


In addition, we work with our local communities and parishes to install life-saving AED machines (automated external defibrillators) in key locations including: Royal Oak Rushton, Meerbrook Village Hall, Swythamley Centre, Wincle Brewery

HeartStart training

We run free, local Heartstart training sessions on emergency life-saving skills, suitable for all the family. Contact David Brain at or on 01260 227468 for more information.

Become a First Responder and make a difference

Our team of First Responders come from all walks of life; each one volunteers as much or as little of his or her time in order to fit around existing work and family commitments, and all agree that being a Responder is a fulfilling way to support our local communities.

For an informal chat about how to become a First Responder contact David Brain on the number above.

Your support helps save lives

As a community service of dedicated volunteers and supporters we rely entirely upon the generosity of individuals and businesses within our local communities who make donations, provide sponsorship, and support our fundraising activities to enable us to meet our running costs.

If you would like to make a donation (either cash, or a cheque made payable to Dane Valley Community First Responders) please contact David Brain.

“The First Responders are beneficial to the community and we cannot praise them enough for all the good they do. They attended our 999 medical emergency, arriving swiftly and providing medical attention as well as putting us at our ease.”

“First Responders are a good organization, quick to respond because they know the area well. They have helped our family during several medical emergencies, for which we are extremely grateful.”