Bracknell & Wokingham College students raised £1,000 for Response Vehicle

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Bracknell & Wokingham College students raised £1,000 for Response Vehicle

20 March 2017

Students viewing vehicle outside college

Our students and staff contributed roughly £1,000 or so of the £15,000 of funds required to purchase and equip a response vehicle from last year’s RAG week. The money went to Bracknell Community First Responders to help buy this new vehicle to improve their service.

Bracknell now has a new Dynamic Response Vehicle which the Community First Responders will be using to attend local 999 calls. Daniel Bell and Jamie Tipper are two of the first responders from Bracknell & Wokingham College.

The model selected was a Vauxhall Mokkas and it has been converted internally and externally to a dynamic response vehicle (DRV). It has been equipped with a collision dashcam as well as the same in-vehicle communication system, a state of the art Terrafix computer, that is used in emergency rapid response vehicles and ambulances. The Terrafix computer brings up details of the incident that the vehicle is being sent to, it brings up a mapping system which takes you to the incident, allows you to request back up or Police support and enables you to send messages to the control room. The new vehicles allow responders to carry more equipment to give a better service to the patients they are sent to.

The calls first responders attend include: heart attacks, cardiac arrests, breathing difficulties. The first responders are part of South Central Ambulance Service and they are designed to get to emergency calls prior to an ambulance to treat critical patients.

Keep an eye out for the Dynamic Response Vehicle around Bracknell! The Dynamic Response Vehicle was brought down to the college by the first responders to show the students what their fundraising efforts achieved and to tell them about the vehicle. 

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