Town’s life-saving service goes live

Ellon First Aid Responders receive their certificates from Euan Esslemont, head of the Scottish Ambulance Service and Donald Montogomery, Community Resilience Facilitator and Trainer
Ellon First Aid Responders receive their certificates from Euan Esslemont, head of the Scottish Ambulance Service and Donald Montogomery, Community Resilience Facilitator and Trainer

A life-saving First Responders scheme went live in Ellon last week.

The essential service launched in the town on Wednesday, March 29 and a responder has attended a call already.

Co-ordinator and volunteer Cheryl Jones has told the Times that two more responders qualified last weekend and a further two are preparing to go on an educational course, bringing the total number of Ellon First Responders to 16.

Pictured above are Ellon First Responders Liz Burn, Kirsten MacCallum, Ian Finney, Lisa Steel, Lena North, Emma Willox, Jackie Munro, Mitch Watt, John North and co-ordinator Cheryl Jones receiving their certificates, badges and jackets from the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The Scottish Ambulance Service describe a Community First Responder as a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while the ambulance is on its way.

Community First Responders would be trained in a wide range of emergency skills, and use specialised equipment such as automatic external defibrillators and oxygen therapy to provide an early intervention in situations such as a heart or asthma attack before the professional ambulance crew arrives.

Actions of First Responders help to improve patient survival and recovery. The Ellon First Responders will host a fundraising night on Saturday, May 13.

The Bloody Marys will perform at the Station Hotel and tickets are £15 each.

l For more information on the event or the life-saving scheme visit the Ellon First Responders Facebook page.