M6toll kit out local Community First Responder vehicles with tags

Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL), operators of the M6toll welcomed a number of local Community First Responders (CFR) at their head office in Weeford, Lichfield.

MEL have recently provided pre-paid M6toll tags to a number of local CFRs (Burntwood and District, Rapid Aid, Brewood, TAME, Trent Valley, Penkridge & District and Rugeley); ensuring the volunteers can respond to their call outs in the quickest possible time.

Community First Responders are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. They offer an invaluable service by way of helping to reach those people suffering from medical emergencies in the remote rural communities fast, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. For many illnesses or injuries, the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability.

Rachel Graffy, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager, said: “This offer of support from M6toll is great news for the Community First Responders and can only enhance the service already provided by the Volunteers"

Karen Johnstone, MEL’s Social Committee Member said: “The Community First Responders provide an amazing service; assisting the wider Ambulance service. The volunteers give their time to train and man the vehicles. Providing them with pre-paid tags was an obvious choice for us as they need to get to casualties in as little time as possible, using the M6toll as an alternative route to their destination could save crucial time and save lives.”

The tag is a small electronic device which is fitted to a vehicle’s windscreen and allows users to pre-pay for passage on the M6toll and pass through a dedicated lane usually without the need to stop. Tags cost a monthly lease fee of £1 per Tag and provide a five per cent discount per trip.

This donation forms part of a wider initiative to support local schools and community projects.

MEL's Social Committee will be working closely with members of staff to choose those community projects close to their hearts which will benefit from a donation from the remaining £20,000 Drive for Charity fund.

MEL's Social Committee is always on the lookout for local charities and community projects to support. To register your charity or community project with MEL for consideration to receive fundraising or practical (volunteering) support now or in the future visit www.m6toll.co.uk for further information or telephone 0870 850 6222.




Image information (from left to right):- Rachel Barron (Burntwood and District CFR), Eddie Malpass (Burntwood and District CFR), Karen Johnstone (MEL’s Social Committee member), Maxine Monk (Rapid Aid), Andrea Richards (Burntwood and District CFR), Ann Peters (Brewood), Keith Dawson (TAME), Mark Walker (Trent Valley), Matthew Heward (Community Response Manger, Staffordshire Locality, WMAS), Mike Tym (Penkridge & District), Sean Cooper (Rugeley CFR), Fay Cooper (Rugeley CFR) and Paul Dadge (Burntwood and District CFR)