The Dunbar First Responders, who support the ambulance service by attending medical emergencies, need more volunteers to provide 24 hour cover for the town.
There are now 10 volunteers involved with a further three trained and waiting for their Disclosure Scotland paperwork to come through. Another volunteer is being trained at the end of the month.
The responders are currently providing on-call cover for 63 per cent of the available time in any particular month and are dealing with an average of 10 ‘category A’ emergency calls each month. They generally arrive at the patient between five and 15 minutes before the ambulance and are able to provide emergency care in the vital first few minutes.
In the past two months, the responders have helped with nearly 20 incidents — asphyxiation, cardiac arrest, collapse, difficulty in breathing, asthma attack, stroke, chest pain and allergic reaction. They have received a donation of £1,500 from Dunbar Rotary Club which will be used to supply the first Public Access Defibrillator in the town to help heart attack victims. Discussions are ongoing with Enjoy Leisure for the equipment to be located at the swimming pool.
Co-ordinator John Watt said: “If we are to achieve our aim of providing 24-hour cover for Dunbar, we urgently need more people to become volunteers. We are looking for people who could commit to being on-call for a minimum of 16 hours each month. No previous first-aid experience is needed as full training will be provided by the Scottish Ambulance Service.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Community First Responder can find out more on the group’s web-site www.dunbarcfr.org.uk or by contacting Mr Watt on 07769694675.