Forfar now well equipped with First Response team

FORFAR has now been included in the latest expansion of a life-saving volunteer project that now incorporates many Angus towns.

The latest intake of the First Responders programme has just completed its training, expanding the range of the scheme to encompass Arbroath, Brechin and Forfar.

Bill Spence, chairman of the Dundee and Angus Branch of St John which runs the First Responders programme said: “These volutneers are trained to take calls about incidents where a member of the public has had a ehart attack or similar sudden collapse.

“Existing First Responders attended 202 calls up to December 2012 and continue to attend calls regularly to provide CPR, defibrillation and oxygen therapy to the patient until a paramedic team arrives and takes over the treatment and deals with the patient.

“First Responders are active in Carnoustie, Kellas and Kirriemuir and a further group of new volunteers are now taking duty to extend the facility to the North Angus communities.”

In addition, some of the new First Responders are also members of the Angus 4X4 Club and offer their assistance to the emergency services when severe weather requires four wheel drive capability.

For more information on becoming a First Responder call the St John Team for Angus and Dundee on 01382 350553 or e-mail