Eyemouth Responders in need of resuscitation

Eyemouth and District Community First Responders Association is on the brink of collapse, as the number of volunteers has fallen away to such an extent it is no longer viable to run the service.

An Extraordinary General Meeting has been scheduled to take place this coming Monday, December 5, in Eyemouth Community Centre, starting at 7pm when its future will be discussed, including the possible winding up of the association.

For the past three years Eyemouth First Responders has provided an invaluable first aid service, the volounteers having been trained to use defibrillators in the vital minutes before the arrival of professional help, but the Eyemouth association is now in need of resuscitation itself.

Having started off with 14 volunteers the numbers have dwindled and unless new volunteers come forward it looks as if the people in the Eyemouth area will have to take their chance while waiting for an ambulance to arrive from Chirnside. There were First Responder volunteers in Ayton, Burnmouth, Coldingham, Eyemouth, Reston and St Abbs as well as Eyemouth and at the lunach in October 2008 things looked so promising.

Speaking at the launch, First Responders official Jim Barrie, said: “This is the third attempt to get a First Responders Group off the ground in this area. It’s one thing having plans but one needs the personnel to carry out these plans and we have been remarkably fortunate in attracting a good number of volunteers who have and will continue to give their time and talents for the benefit of the community.”

Anyone who feels they could help keep this life-saving service going is asked to attend Monday’s meeting.