Message in a Bottle / CFR

Abbreviated to MIAB, it is a simple piece of paper asking pertinent questions that contains vital information about you, directed at the Emergency Services. This allows them to make quick and accurate decisions on what action to take at the point of contact, which could save your life in an emergency at home. A white plastic bottle containing a form that holds vital information about you and could save your life due to the speed with which the Emergency Services could respond to your individual needs.

The bottle is placed where the Emergency Services are trained to look, in the refrigerator door. A green cross sticker is placed on the inside of the main house door, or where it is considered would be most obvious and another sticker on the door of the fridge.

The information provided should include: where you keep your medication, latest prescription, contact details, major medical conditions, personal doctor and anything considered necessary that would need attention in those first critical moments.

There is no age restriction for participating in our MiaB scheme which is supported by our local Paramedic and Ambulance service. Free bottles are available in both Knowle and Dorridge Village Halls. Why not pick yours up today – it could save your life. 



MiAB containers are also handed out by the CFR team at each of their free training sessions

Central Fast Response is an independent charity formed in August 2018 and was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2019. The vision of the charity is to train as many people as possible in first aid awareness, effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators. Moreover, to make people aware that simple life saving skills can make a big difference in the outcome of common medical emergencies in the home and in public. 

Our charity aims to provide FREE training in simple life saving skills. At present we focus this training on our local communities of Knowle, Dorridge, Solihull and surrounding areas and we intend reaching out further. From inception we have already trained many hundreds of local people, young and old. The groups trained have ranged from Beavers, church groups, youth groups, local sport clubs and other voluntary groups. This is inclusive of all ages from five years upwards and training is modified according to the age and needs of the audience. In the future we aim to create a team of trained ambassadors to further support the training programme and so be able to disseminate our message to an even wider audience. Having recently been sponsored by the West Midland Police Community Initiatives fund and by Solihull Winter Wellbeing Recovery Fund via the Solihull Community Development Team we have resources to safely deliver a variety of first aid training across Solihull borough.

Separately to their commitment to Central Fast Response each member of the charity is a Community First Responder (CFR) with West Midlands Ambulance Service. CFRs are volunteers, trained to a nationally recognised medical standard, to provide live saving treatment to people in the community. With 15 years’ experience in this role our training is based on practical situations that may be encountered in a medical emergency and as well we offer an insight into the workings of the Ambulance service and the train of events should you have to call 999 for medical assistance.