SWI ladies hear from area First Re­spon­ders

Ayrshire Post - - Maybole News -

Min­is­hant SWI’s new ses­sion was opened by Pres­i­dent Anne Walker who wel­comed mem­bers and vis­i­tors be­fore in­tro­duc­ing First Re­spon­ders Mark Bradley and Dawn Camp­bell.

They are based in and around Col­monell and, as the name sug­gests, these vol­un­teers, who live in the lo­cal com­mu­nity, can quickly be on the scene of an in­ci­dent.

Their early ar­rival can pro­vide time to help with breath­ing or chok­ing in­ci­dents, carry out CPR quickly or use their de­fib­ril­la­tor in car­diac ar­rest in­creas­ing a pa­tient’s chance of sur­vival be­fore an am­bu­lance crew ar­rive.

They can also help by find­ing out de­tails of the in­ci­dent and have this in­for­ma­tion ready to pass on to am­bu­lance crews – again sav­ing valu­able time.

No med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired to ap­ply as a First Re­spon­der as spe­cial­ist train­ing will be pro­vided.

Re­spon­ders will be part of a well- trained team un­der the guid­ance of a scheme co- or­di­na­tor and can also give train­ing in CPR to lo­cal schools, groups and work places.

This is a job that can pro­vide a vi­tal life­line in the com­mu­nity, is very re­ward­ing and does make a dif­fer­ence.

• Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners were: A cro­chet granny square: 1 Katie Gaffney, 2 Mau­reen McEl­roy, 3 Anne Walker. Jar of le­mon curd: 1 Anne Walker, 2 Fiona Robert­son.

The next meet­ing will be held on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 at 7.30pm in Min­is­hant Pri­mary’s IFE wing.

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