Responding well to treatment!

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MEMBERS of Carnoustie’s volunteer medic cadre were presented with proficiency certificates at a ceremony in Forfar.

The Carnoustie First Responders were at Whitehills Hospital recently, along with a member of the Kirriemuir team.

Lord Dalhousie, Angus and Dundee area president of the St John’s Ambulance, presented the volunteers with a mixture of accreditation for ‘First Person Scene Intermediate Training’ and ‘Heartstart Instructor’.

Also present was Murray McEwan, Scottish Ambulance Service paramedic and community resuscitation development officer for East Central Scotland, who was also recently named Scottish Ambulance Service staff member of the year.

Bill Spence, chairman of the Angus and Dundee branch of St John Scotland, has been pleased with results to date.

He said: “The initiative is receiving a steady flow of calls from ambulance control to attend incidents in Carnoustie.   

“It is not unusual for a Responder to have up to three calls on one shift, attending to the patient until paramedics arrive and take charge of the incident.

“Community support has been exceptional and unit members organise events to promote First Responding locally.  

“New volunteers have come forward in Carnoustie and in other parts of Angus and this will strengthen and extend the scope of First Responding in the area.

“Can I say that the response to previous reports in the Guide & Gazette  was outstanding and was instrumental in taking the concept forward with a strong group of enthusiastic and committed participants.”