Community First Responders’ event in Staffin

RESIDENTS in Staffin are being invited to attend an information event about a scheme which sees trained volunteers respond to emergency calls, prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), in partnership with Staffin Community Council, is hosting the event about the Community First Responders initiative next month.

There are currently more than 100 communities across Scotland which have first responders living locally and a scheme was set up in Glendale just last year.

Volunteers are trained in basic life-saving techniques. These include the use of easy-to-operate automatic external defibrillators and oxygen delivery systems.

Having trained first responders in Staffin could be a huge asset in the wake of an emergency such as a sudden cardiac arrest, given the distance to the district from the ambulance station and Portree Hospital,

In the event of a 999 call the SAS control centre despatches the nearest ambulance and then contacts the local first responder who is on duty. He/she can be immediately on the scene, providing a better chance for the patient to recover. The SAS has stressed that first responders do not replace the need for an ambulance, but only enhance the service already in place and can help save lives in harder to reach areas.

The information evening will be held at the Staffin Hall on Thursday November 6, starting at 7pm.

Everybody in Staffin is welcome to attend.

Anybody wishing to obtain more information about community first responders can contact SAS’s Mairi Mooney by e-mailing