Investment project code: 113
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Lomond First Responders help their community by volunteering to respond to medical emergencies. They provide valuable support to the Scottish Ambulance Service by attending serious and life threatening 999 emergency calls, helping to deliver the earliest intervention possible to patients in and around the Vale of Leven and Dumbarton, pending the arrival of an Ambulance crew. First Responders are trained in a wide range of emergency skills and use specialised equipment such as automatic external defibrillators and oxygen therapy to provide an early response to emergencies such as a heart or asthma attack with the aim of improving patient survival and recovery. In January we were requested to attend 50 calls to patients within our community. We attended 35 and were stood down from 15 on route as Ambulance had already arrived ahead of us.
What will you use the money for?: As each group are required to purchase their own equipment, we are looking to purchase 2 emergency response bags. This will allow us to have more responders on call at any one time within our communities. Each response bag contains the essential equipment needed to provide life saving support to patients like an Automated external defriliator (AED) oxygen with masks and airways, and a pulse oximiter. Our next aim is to purchase 2 additional ambulance radio handsets. We are also aiming to purchase uniforms to wear while volunteering in order to be recognisable and give reassurance to patients.
Who will benefit from this money?: The main areas that we serve are the Vale of Leven, Dumbarton and Clydebank. While First Responders do not usually attend peadiatric calls, anyone over the age of 16 could benefit from the aid of a First Responder during a medical emergency while waiting on the arrival of an ambulance.
Proposed on behalf of: Lomond Community First Responders - £5000