Linlithgow Community First Responders are interested in welcoming prospective volunteers in order to discuss a number of volunteering opportunities (including receiving training to be a Community First Responder; support with fundraising activities and Committee work).
The group was formed after receiving funds for equipment through the very successful ‘Have a Heart’ campaign in the local Gazette and Journal.
The purpose of the group is to provide the community of Linlithgow and its residents Pre-Emergency Ambulance Care interventions by volunteer ‘First Responders’, in accordance with their training and Scottish Ambulance Service guidelines.
The main objective is to enable ‘First Responders’ to attend Pre-Emergency Ambulance Care interventions, in accordance with Scottish Ambulance Service training, for the benefit of the whole community. In furtherance of this the Group shall seek:
- To work in partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service to select and provide assessments for volunteer ‘First Responders’ within the town of Linlithgow and immediate area.
- To bridge the gap between the times when a 999 call is made in Linlithgow, and the arrival time of an emergency ambulance.
- To provide “pre-emergency ambulance care” to the community in accordance with the training that has been given. ‘First Responders’ will provide – Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation and other life saving interventions.
- Aim towards providing ‘First Responder’ cover, 24 hours a day – 365 days a year.
- To raise awareness in the community of the ‘Chain of Survival’ by educating the public to understand the need for:
- Early recognition / call for help – to prevent a cardiac arrest.
- The need for early CPR – to buy time.
- The need for early Defibrillation – to restart the heart.
- The need for early Advanced Life support/post resuscitation care- to restore quality of life.