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Boost for Troon First Responders means more people can save lives

A community group which provides vital medical help at accidents and emergency situations is to expand its services after being awarded a small grant from South Ayrshire Council. Troon First Responders have invested in vital new training equipment that will allow more volunteers to train and help to save lives.

Troon First Responders attend 999 calls on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service, offering life-saving treatments until professional crews can arrive at the scene. In the last year alone the group attended 258 calls, with hopes they will soon be able to respond to more emergency situations, should the need arise.

The group were awarded £834 to purchase an up-to-date Airway Manikin, which will provide improved training options, with the lifelike equipment offering volunteers a real sense of what to do when they arrive at the scene of an emergency.

Councillor Rita Miller, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, said for a relatively small amount of money a big difference can be made, "Troon First Responders are called out every two days, so it's clear the service they provide is needed.

"The new equipment will provide volunteers with relevant training, with the programme fitting with the Council's priority of improving the communities we work in.

"We hope this grant makes a real and tangible difference to this valuable community group, and wish them every success in the months ahead."

Jill Burns of Troon First Responders said the grant would allow them to improve the quality of their training, "As a small local charity we're completely reliant on fund raising to operate, and this grant will make a big difference to the work we do.

"We already have eight volunteers on the books, but we're committed to rolling out our training to as many people as possible.

"The new Airways Manikin will help us increase the number of people we work with, while also letting people develop life-saving skills that are used week-in, week-out in our local community."


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