Our Goals

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:
  1.  Early recognition / call for help – to prevent a cardiac arrest.
  2. The need for early CPR – to buy time.
  3. The need for early Defibrillation – to restart the heart.
  4. The need for early Advanced Life support/post resuscitation care- to restore quality of life.