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Become a first responder

| Written by Chris Cope

Brae first responders Caroline Clark, Carolyn McKay and Tricia Robertson (L-R) doing some training. Photo: Kaylee Robertson Brae first responders Caroline Clark, Carolyn McKay and Tricia Robertson (L-R) doing some training. Photo: Kaylee Robertson MEETINGS are being held across Shetland next week to encourage people to consider becoming first responders for the ambulance service.

The volunteers respond to medical emergencies while an ambulance is on its way and they are trained in basic life support.

There is only one team of community first responders in Shetland, with a group of people in Brae covering the North Mainland, and the local ambulance service is keen to recruit more into the scheme.

The first of three information meetings with the ambulance service's community resilience team is being held at the Carnegie Hall in Sandwick on Monday (25 September) at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday at 7pm there will be a session at the Brae Boating Club, while the final meeting will take place at the Bixter Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

First responders receive monthly training in areas such as oxygen use, resuscitation, airways and defibrillators.

To become a volunteer responder you need to be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence with a maximum of three penalty points, while you should be able to demonstrate a level of fitness.

Ambulance technician Kaylee Robertson said: "We really need more recruits into the scheme in order to ensure a 24/7 response from the community resilience side.

"There are many benefits to joining - aside from gaining a recognised award from the Scottish Ambulance Service, you will be part of a very rewarding role helping those around you.

"The group is like a family where everyone supports each other - people have made friends for life in it."

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