Firefighters rush to aid of collapsed woman in Galashiels

A HEROIC fire crew last night (Wednesday) came to the rescue of a woman who collapsed while taking part in an exercise class in Galashiels.

An emergency defibrillator was used by the firefighters on the 42-year-old, who was not breathing and appeared to have no pulse after the incident in the Volunteer Hall at 6.30pm.

An accident and emergency nurse was in the class and carried out CPR before the crew were flagged down for help while driving past.

The firefighters, three of whom know the casualty, used the defibrillator from their vehicle and also administered oxygen before an ambulance arrived.

The woman was taken to Borders General Hospital just after 6.50pm and is believed to be recovering.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said:

“This was an unusual incident as firefighters were passing the scene when they were flagged down.

“Firefighters immediately went to assist the woman, as it was apparent she was in a critical condition requiring immediate intervention. They used a defibrillator on the woman, as well as giving her oxygen while they waited for ambulance crews.

“It’s incredibly fortunate that firefighters were passing at just the right moment and there is no doubt that their swift actions had a positive result for the woman who had taken ill so suddenly.

“We hope she makes a full recovery and wish her all the best.”