Fraserburgh first responders team up and running

The Broch Community First Responders Scheme with their trainers from the Scottish Ambulance Service
The Broch Community First Responders Scheme with their trainers from the Scottish Ambulance Service

The first group of Fraserburgh volunteers to be used as first responders incase of emergency situations have completed their training.

The Broch Community First Responders Scheme have achieved one of their first major milestone in getting the service up and running.

Elizabeth McArdle, a spokesperson for the group, said: “The group is made up of volunteers who are trained by, and support the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“We completed four days of training and assessments in basic life support and a variety of medical conditions that require emergency care such as cardiac arrests, asthmatics and other life threatening emergencies.”

The aim of the group is to attend 999 calls and treat casualties until the paramedic services arrive.

Ms McArdle said: “It is important to recognise that we are not a replacement for the ambulance, we act until they are able to attend.”

The group is currently looking for donations for equipment and places to train.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the scheme they should contact Douglas Ewen at the Fraserburgh Ambulance Service.