A group of Arbroath lifesavers were last week presented with a cheque from the generous patrons of a West Port pub to help continue their good work.
Last Wednesday the Arbroath First Responder Unit received a donation of £381.80 from the patrons of the Anchor Bar who had raised the money over the festive period.
Karen Mutch from the Anchor Bar said: “It’s a good cause and the First Responders are a good thing for the town. The Responders came to the attention of the Anchor Bar during a fund-raising event in September and, after a discussion with our staff and regulars, it was decided that the monies raised from our Christmas party and collections would be donated to the Arbroath First Responder Unit.”
A Community First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while the ambulance is on its way.
Their aim is to provide early intervention in emergency situations, such as a heart attack or collapse, before the professional ambulance crew arrives; this improves the chances of survival and recovery for the patient.
There are First Responders in Arbroath, Montrose, Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir, Kellas and Carnoustie.
Responders are called out to Category A emergency 999 calls – life threatening situations.
The Ambulance Control Centre will despatch an ambulance and will then deploy a First Responder to the scene. They are trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to carry out effective resuscitation, the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to deliver a controlled shock, oxygen therapy, and skills to manage the situation until the arrival of the ambulance.
To become a volunteer first responder you must be: at least 18 years old; able to demonstrate and maintain a level of fitness to meet the role; an effective communicator with good interpersonal skills; able to demonstrate logical approach; work under pressure, yet stay calm; have a desire to learn; reside or work in the area in which the scheme is based; able to respond without delay to incidents; complete a criminal records check (Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check); have some first aid knowledge (not essential); and long term commitment to the role.
If you would like to volunteer as a Community First Responder in Angus you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01382 350553