COCKBURNSPATH (incorporating the surrounding areas) will “go live” with their Scottish Ambulance Service Community First Responder Scheme (CFR) in January 2013.
The scheme has 10 local volunteer responders who have passed the approved training, and it aims to eventually provide maximal coverage for medical emergencies in the area very soon.
Members of the public need only dial 999 for an emergency in the usual way as the CFR scheme volunteer on call is contacted by the Ambulance Service as required. The ambulance is still on its way in the usual manner and is not delayed by the presence of a CFR. All responders are bound by confidentiality policies and codes of conduct in the same way as employees of the NHS so a confidential, rapid response to many life threatening emergencies is available.
A local fund raiser is being held on Christmas Eve in the Square, Cockburnspath, at 7pm after the Christmas Eve church service, where mince pies and mulled wine will be available for a donation to CFR funds.
The CFR scheme depends almost entirely on voluntary fund raising and is not sponsored by statutory agencies, so it is hoped that as many local people will support this important service to the community.