Life-saving responder project planned

Volunteers who could save a life are being sought for a new project in Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula.

The Scottish Ambulance Service wants to set up a Community First Responder scheme in the area and is holding a community meeting.

The service’s south west community development team will be on hand to explain what’s involved, and their message is: “If you can remain calm whilst under pressure, want to help save lives in the community you live in and have around four hours a week to spare, this is for you.”

They are looking for volunteers either to be responders or to help raise money as the schemes are self-funding from donations – the initial cost of a kit bag, defibrillator and clothing is £2,000.

The scheme is part of a national project which aims to increase the chances of survival for people who have suffered a cardiac arrest

The local meeting is being held in Centre 81 in Garelochhead at 7pm on Wednesday June 5; for more information call scheme co-ordinator Phil Bentley on 07866 475812 or go to the website here.