A team of Westside First Responders have won recognition for the vital service they provide, less than 18 months after setting up the group.

Ness and Shader First Responders were runners-up in the volunteer award section of the Scottish Ambulance Awards, recognising the service they give to people in emergency on the Westside. They were invited to attend the SAS award evening yesterday (Thursday November 29th) at Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.

First Responders work with Scottish Ambulance Service to ensure a team of local volunteers are trained to provide immediate first aid when an ambulance is called. They are often on scene before the ambulance crew, providing an essential role in making the scene safe and preserving life until paramedics arrive and passing on information quickly when the ambulance crew takes over.

Ness and Shader First Responders have also undertaken awareness-raising within the community, providing hands-on experience and knowledge of vital life-saving skills.

They’ve been helped with this by a £10,000 grant given earlier this year by Galson Community Estate Trust, which has been used to buy new training equipment, both for training the First Responders and to offer training in the community.