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SOS group in volunteer plea

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A LIFE-SAVING group in Moffat is calling for new volunteers to swell the ranks.

Moffat First Responders, which was established in 2012 by Tony Few after one of his daughters suffered a severe allergic reaction, hopes to sign up new members so they can continue their work in assisting the ambulance service.

Founder Tony this week explained numbers have dropped and they are keen to get more people on board. He said: “It is still a great service and very much used, we attend well over 100 incidents a year. “Five of our first responder volunteers have gone on to become ambulance technicians or paramedics with the Scottish Ambulance Service. “So there’s more to it than just volunteering, it has helped people go on to great careers.”

The team assist the ambulance service by attending medical emergencies like cardiac arrests, heart attacks and strokes in the Moffat and Beattock area and waiting with patients until the arrival of an ambulance.

Volunteers receive full training from the Scottish Ambulance Service and anyone interested in joining should contact Tony Few on 07802437756 or email moffatfirstresponders@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, the First Responders have recently installed two new defibrillator machines outwith the town to help people with heart emergencies in the most rural locations. The devices have been set up at each Annan and Moffat Water Halls. And training courses for the units, as well as the basics of first aid, will be delivered next week. The first will be in Annan Water Hall on Wednesday at 7 pm and then in Moffat Water Hall at 11 am on Saturday November 23.

*Pictured above, Alison Kirkwood

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