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Carloway Football Club has become the first in the Western Isles to take part in a new wave of life-saving training, organised for sports teams across the islands.

On Tuesday evening (16 April) members of the team and committee received defibrillator and basic life support training from qualified trainers at the charity Lucky2BHere and Carloway First Responders.

The initiative is being co-ordinated by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, in a quick response to the sense of shock and admiration felt after Highland firefighters used a defibrillator on match referee Steven MacLachlan.

Steven collapsed during a shinty match in Strathpeffer on Saturday 30 March and his fellow firefighters Conor Cormack and Keith MacRae started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the pitch.

With the help of the nearby defibrillator, they kept their watch commander alive until paramedics arrived to transport him to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

On Saturday (13 April) Steven returned to the Strathpeffer ground to see his colleagues presented with certificates by Highland senior officer Michael Humphreys.

Steven said: “If it wasn’t for Conor and Keith, I wouldn’t be here to tell the tale. The pair of them thoroughly deserve the recognition they’ve been given.”

Now Western Isles SFRS officers have teamed up with Lucky2BHere to hold a series of defibrillator awareness evenings for sports teams across the Western Isles.

At the first of these, Carloway FC members went to Shawbost fire station to learn valuable skills that could one day help to save someone’s life.

Although Carloway are the first club in the Western Isles to receive the training, all the island football clubs have signed up to receive it, with Westside FC scheduled to get their hands-on training next week.

Also ready to receive training are Lewis Camanachd, Stornoway Rugby Club and the Western Isles Men’s and Women's Football clubs.

SFRS group commander Dougie Campbell said: “Conor and Keith’s actions show us how vital it is for everyone to know how to save a life.

“We would encourage as many of the players and officials as possible to attend the awareness nights when they take place in their local fire stations.”

The pictures show players and committee from Carloway FC, Carloway First Responders, trainers Fiona and Cammy from Lucky2BHere and SFRS firefighters and officers after Tuesday night’s training, and Conor and Keith receiving their awards from Highland senior officer Michael Humphreys.