Our Lifesaving Work

The only registered charity in the UK solely dedicated to providing emergency medical response vehicles. Each vehicle can arrive within those vital seconds/minutes before a road or air ambulance to initiate lifesaving treatment.

Arrive Alive is the UK’s only registered charity that is solely dedicated to funding lifesaving voluntary operated vehicles and equipment for Community First Responders (CFR’s) approved by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

CFR’s are volunteers trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service who can attend a 999 call in those vital seconds/minutes prior to a road or air ambulance. Arrive Alive is a none government or NHS funded charity.

An Arrive Alive vehicle can reach a 999 medical emergency in those vital seconds/minutes prior to a road or air ambulance due to being directly based within the heart of the community. CFR’s are trained to deal with some of the most time critical medical emergencies. All of our vehicles are on the same radio network as a standard road or air ambulance to receive the details of the medical emergency, following a 999 call.

Demand is greater than ever on our current operational fleet of lifesaving vehicles and equipment. Additional voluntary operated lifesaving equipped vehicles are urgently needed to join the existing fleet of Arrive Alive vehicles on the frontline. At present Arrive Alive currently has vehicles operational in; Birmingham, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire to support West Midlands Ambulance Service. WMAS is the largest the ambulance service in the UK they cover over 5000 square miles with a population of approximately 60 million people.

”Arrive Alive has already funded some amazing pieces of equipment in addition to a number vehicles for Community First Responder groups who are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service. They operate off the same radio system as a standard road or air ambulance to attend 999 calls within the community. Arrive Alive has been a lifeline to these groups as for every vehicle that becomes operational that is potentially another life saved. There are still a large number of groups who still require resources which Arrive Alive hopes to be able to fund in the near future.”

Andy Jeynes – Community Response Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service UNHSFT.

Lifesaving charity awarded Community Initiative and Partnership Award by West Midlands Ambulance Service 2022.

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Number of lifesaving 999 calls attended to by community first responders


CFR First on Scene Responses

All CFR Responses

Hereford and Worcester






Black Country



Arden & Solihull












**figures reported by West Midlands Ambulance service from April 2023 - June 2023

Just some examples of life threatening medical emergencies that an Arrive Alive vehicle can be deployed to following a 999 call prior to a road or air ambulance:

  • Cardiac Arrest/Heart Attack
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Diabetic Emergency
  • Falls or Fainting
  • Anaphylaxis (Allergic Reaction)
  • Paediatric Emergencies
  • Acid Attacks
  • RTC – Road Traffic Collision
  • Stroke
  • Severe Injuries – i.e. Heavy Bleeding
  • Sporting Accidents/Injuries
  • Sepsis
  • Major Incidents

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