The Glendale First Responders group was officially launched this week.
Local woman Jane Corfield initially approached the Scottish Ambulance Service last year about a first responders group being formed and following a public meeting this was taken forward, with Margaret MacPhee nominated to act as co-ordinator. Following training from the SAC the group went live in June this year and have been on four call-outs already.
The official launch on Tuesday saw the Glendale responders – Margaret MacPhee; Debbie Lane; Jo Manwaring-Spencer; Lisa Coughlin; Raymond Coughlin; Craig Dunlop; Liff Pedersen; Jane Corfield; and Samuel Thorburn – presented with certificates by Alan Knox, SAS area service manager for Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh. Also attending were SAS community resuscitation co-ordinator Mairi Mooney and members of the Dunvegan ambulance crew.
Another six volunteers are to receive training in December.
Mr Knox said: “An ambulance is always sent to any urgent calls but having first responders supports a patient’s condition and provides care until an ambulance arrives. First responders are trained in life-saving skills and how to operate a defibrillator, and also carry a response kit with oxygen. Their care can help enhance clinical outcomes.”
The group were presented with donations towards the purchase of a second response kit and defibrillator. Lodge St Kilda master Dave Perry presented £800 while Glendale Community Council chairman Norman MacPherson handed over a cheque for £192.
Mr Knox added that the SAC were looking to develop a number of other first responder schemes on Skye.