First Responders Project moves 
a step closer

The ABRRAS Training Centre base in Ellon
The ABRRAS Training Centre base in Ellon

A life-saving First Responder scheme could be up and running in Ellon by the end of next month.

ABRRAS Ltd held an information night at its base back in November to give those interested in taking part an idea of how the vital scheme works and what to expect.

Following the initial information night a total of 15 volunteers have submitted application forms to the ambulance service and have had an interview.

The volunteers are booked on the responder course that will run over two weekends in January, and if all the paperwork is in place the scheme could be operational by the end of January.

First Responders from Fraserburgh attended the information night to give advice and answered any questions.

Cheryl Jones, responder scheme coordinator, said: “The Fraserburgh team have been a great help answering our queries and giving us guidance as well as our facilitator Donald Montgomery from the Ambulance Service who is a solid source of support to us.

“Ellon is larger and we expect the scheme to be busy and hope we can make a difference.

“Our role will be to be first on scene for chest pain, breathing problems, cardiac arrest and medical collapse and provide intervention whilst the ambulance is on route.”

Ellon Academy will run a competition for pupils to design a logo for the First Responders.

So far the group has received two donations from Ellon Round Table and Ellon Primary School and the money will go towards purchasing vital equipment including a car, uniforms and embroidery, defibrillators, extra kit bags and a tracker phone.

Updates on the Ellon First Responders scheme can be found on the group’s Facebook page.