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A specially equipped MG6 GT is on front line life-saving duties answering emergency calls.

MG’s Sales Centre is helping FastAid volunteers in the West Midlands to respond to life-threatening incidents. FastAid is a group of highly trained Community First Responders who support West Midlands Ambulance Service by attending 999 calls in their area.



The MG6 GT has a distinctive diamond grade livery so that it can be clearly seen, even at night, travelling to the scene of an accident. Inside the car is fitted with an ambulance service radio and carries a vital automated external defibrillator which is critical to saving patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

Bulky equipment needed by the Community First Responders is carried in the huge boot of the MG6 GT fastback. Richard Jay, Vice Chairman of FastAid, said: “The cargo space in the MG6 is enormous and allows us to carry all of our specialist equipment with ease.”

Ashley Almquest, a FastAid volunteer, highlighted another standard feature of the MG6 GT SE which had proved extremely valuable to answering emergency calls – the built-in satellite navigation system.



He said: “The screen is so clear, the maps are really good and it’s easy to use. It can save us vital minutes when we are responding to an urgent call when someone’s life could depend on us getting to the scene quickly.”

The FastAid MG6 will mainly operate in the greater Birmingham and Solihull areas of the West Midlands where the charity was set up eight years ago. It costs up to £2,000 to train and equip each FastAid responder.

Andy Jeynes, the West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to the MG Sales Centre for supplying the MG6. It’s already proved its worth on several call-outs when the speed of response, and being able to arrive on scene with the right kit, is crucial.

“Without the support of local companies and organisations, such as the MG Sales Centre, we wouldn't be able to keep doing what we do in our local communities.”

Simon Bennett, a Sales Executive at the MG Sales Centre in Lowhill Lane, Longbridge, said: “We’re very proud that our local community first responders are saving lives in one of our cars. It’s about giving something back to the community we live in and we hope that our support helps FastAid to continue the excellent work it does.”
 

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Well done MG for supporting such a worthwhile service, even more credit to the volunteers! I am far too selfish to volunteer my free time to such a noble deed, and can only stand in admiration of people who do.
 

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when will MG go mainstream and stop playing about with false starts. as now there playing with peoples lives. if this PR stunt backfires it will kill off MG for good.
 

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when will MG go mainstream and stop playing about with false starts. as now there playing with peoples lives. if this PR stunt backfires it will kill off MG for good.
What exactly are you expecting to happen? :err:

Good move MG. Seeing the MG6 thrashing about will help the sporting image, even better with it being for a good cause.
 

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when will MG go mainstream and stop playing about with false starts. as now there playing with peoples lives. if this PR stunt backfires it will kill off MG for good.
Is that a serious comment or did you mean to come across 'like that'?!

Well done to MG on this occasion for supporting the service. Would they have given it to them for free or heavily discounted?
 

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when will MG go mainstream and stop playing about with false starts. as now there playing with peoples lives. if this PR stunt backfires it will kill off MG for good.
Im guessing what you meant was is something goes wrong with the car on the way to a call? If so that could happen to any response car.

Last year i witnessed a Honda CRV paramedic response car burst into flames and burn to a shell within minutes while attending a 999 call.
 

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Before I even opened this thread I just knew someone would use it as a pathetic swipe at MG, unbelievable.....
Back to reality, good work MG.
 

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Why do they continue to use amateurs for their press photos? The lens used for this image was too short showing the car from a completely wrong perspective, not to mention the ugly balcony shown in the top of the picture.

This one is more like the actual car.

 

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This is one of several publicity shots like the cars leased/loaned to Derby County FC and the cars being used in various soap operas.

All the cars are 2011 registrations so not new cars. Could it be they have around 500 second-hand petrol-turbo models to shift?
 

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Hi All,

My name is Ash I am the community first responder for FastAid who will be looking after the scheme car provided for our volunteers. We are extremely grateful to be supported by the MG sales centre and we hope to put our MG6 to good use responding to 999 calls in the south Birmingham area.

We have just set up a Twitter account for the car @FastAid_RC324 please feel free to follow us, we will be keeping it regularly updated with the work that we do in the community.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about the charity and the MG partnership. You can email me at [email protected]

Just a quick reply to a post above referring to the reliability of the car, we have a agreement for the vehicle to be serviced at regular intervals and is covered by a breakdown policy (not that were expecting to use it!), the vehicle is inspected weekly by our volunteers and if there were to be faults we would have them rectified quickly whilst the vehicle is out of service.

Every time we are sent to a call a West Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle is dispatched at the same time as the purpose of our scheme is not to be sent instead of a NHS vehicle but in addition to as we are often able to respond quicker being based in local communities.

If we were to suffer any problems on route to a 999 call we would contact the control room who would dispatch the nearest vehicle available to deal with the case.

Overall thank you for your support with our partnership, its great to see the MG sales centre supporting a local charity and it makes a real difference to local communities.

 
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