Search for vol­un­teers

First Re­sponse needs help

Strathearn Herald - - HERALD VIEWS - Lynn Duke

A vi­tal ser­vice in the Shaky Vil­lage is in des­per­ate need of more vol­un­teers.

First Re­sponse is on a re­cruit­ment drive.

“There are cur­rently seven ac­tive re­spon­ders on the rota but ideally the num­ber should be dou­ble that,” said Alan Moffat, Com­rie’s First Re­sponse man­ager.

“Some of our vol­un­teers have been with us since the start in 2005. And over the years many peo­ple have given re­spond­ing a go but for var­i­ous rea­sons, such as other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, leav­ing the vil­lage, hav­ing ba­bies, mov­ing jobs etc, they ul­ti­mately move on, so we are now ap­peal­ing for some new vol­un­teers to get in­volved.”

The First Re­sponse ser­vice runs in con­junc­tion wi t h the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice. If a pa­tient calls 999, but a lo­cal am­bu­lance isn’t quickly avail­able, then re­spon­ders are sent to help.

Com­rie First Re­sponse has its own fully equipped ve­hi­cle and can get to an incident any­where in Com­rie within eight min­utes of an emer­gency call be­ing re­ceived, which can make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to a pa­tient’s chances of re­cov­ery.

Re­cruit­ment is done through Scot­tish Am­bu­lance and full train­ing is given for the role.

Alan added: “Any­one aged 18 or over who lives in Com­rie and is fit and healthy and able to pass a PVG is el­i­gi­ble to sign up. We look for four shifts a month from our mem­bers, who work in pairs.

“These can be through the day on a Satur­day or Sun­day, or on a week night, which we try to cover from 6pm to 8am, and shifts are con­ducive to vol­un­teers’ own work plans.

“It is re­ward­ing and sat­is­fy­ing to know that you could save some­one’s life in your com­mu­nity – and that could even be your par­ent, sib­ling, neigh­bour or friend.

“Full train­ing is given and re­spon­ders are only re­quired to be on duty once a week – more if they want to. There is also a monthly train­ing ses­sion to at­tend.

“We have re­sponded to over 500 calls since con­cept rang­ing from di­a­betic emer­gen­cies to car­diac ar­rests.”

Con­tact Alan Moffat on 07541194532.

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