Community first responder information sessions will be held on Skye and Raasay next week.

On Raasay, drop-in sessions will be held between 12:30 - 3pm on Thursday 23rd August 2018 at the Community Hall.

Later that day, the sessions on Skye will be held between 7 - 9pm in the Day Room at Broadford’s Dr Mackinnon Memorial Hospital.

Community first responders are volunteers who are trained by the Scottish Ambulance Service to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work.

Their aim is to reach a potential life-threatening emergency in the first vital minutes before the SAS ambulance crew arrives.

Their role in these vital moments is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care until the more highly skilled ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment.

All are welcome, so if you are interested in putting back something into the community or even considering applying for a job with SAS, this could be just the thing for you.

Training in a wide range of emergency skills will be provided by SAS, including the use of specialised equipment such as automatic external defibrillators and oxygen therapy.

To become a community first responder you must:
• be at least 18 years old
• able to demonstrate and maintain a level of fitness
• be an effective communicator with good interpersonal skills
• be able to demonstrate logical approaches to situations
• reside or work in the area in which the scheme is based
• be able to respond quickly to incidents
• be able to work under pressure, yet stay calm
• be able to complete a criminal records check
• have a full driving licence and access to a road-worthy car
• have a long term commitment to the role