Mercedes-Benz of Weston-super-Mare responded in positive fashion to support a vital community medical emergency team in north Somerset.
The Retailer has donated a new Mercedes-Benz A-Class to the Yeo Vale Responders, who provide a first line of response to residents living in and around the areas of Yatton and Congresbury.
Part of the local ambulance service, members of the five-strong volunteer team will use the car when on call to travel to potentially life-threatening incidents within six minutes or three miles of their location. Amongst the cases that they have to deal with are cardiac arrests, strokes, anaphylactic reactions, respiratory and paediatric emergencies.
Arriving first at an incident, their aim is to administer first aid and keep the patient alive until the paramedic or ambulance crew arrives on the scene. Their assessment of the situation and observations of heart and respiratory rates plus oxygen saturation levels can also help to save time for their colleagues once they are in attendance.
“Up until now, we have previously had to use our own cars to respond to calls so we are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of Mercedes-Benz of Weston-super-Mare in supplying us with the A-Class," said Mike Petersen, a member of the Yeo Vale Responders team.
“As well as enabling us to respond more effectively to emergency calls, where a minute can sometimes mean a very different outcome, the car will assist with our provision of free basic life support training in the community," he added. “It will also significantly help to raise our profile and increase awareness by acting as a focal point at the various local community events that we attend."
The A-Class can comfortably carry the Responders' equipment, which includes a defibrillator, an oxygen cylinder and basic airways management kit, in the boot. It won't, however, operate as a 'blue light' vehicle when travelling to calls nor act as an alternative to a frontline ambulance.
“When we were approached by the Yeo Vale Responders and were told about their vital work, we were only too happy to help," said Jon Ray, Mercedes-Benz of Weston-super-Mare's Head of Business. “As a business, we already support our local RNLI station so we are absolutely delighted to be able to support another fantastic cause that plays a crucial role in the community that we serve."
Pictured: Yeo Vale Responders Craig Williams and Mike Petersen (seated) collect the A-Class from Mercedes-Benz of Weston-super-Mare's management team (left to right): Jon Ray, Steve Harvey and Tom Wodehouse.