Borders MSP Christine Grahame met a group of Community First Responders (CFRs) from Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn, along with Scottish Ambulance Service staff, to offer congratulations following the CFRs’ successful application for lottery funding.
The money was for the purchase of high-visibility jackets and uniform polo shirts, plus training equipment.
CFRs are volunteers who fill the gap between a call being made for an ambulance and it arriving. Living locally and knowing the area, they can arrive quickly and help someone who has suffered, for example, a heart attack, respiratory problem or chest pain while the ambulance is on its way.
More volunteers are needed in the Peebles, Innerleithen and Walkerburn areas – anyone interested should go to http://www.scottishambulance.com/YourCommunity/responders.aspx or http://www.peebles-theroyalburgh.info/peebles-first-responders.