Ten years after was set up, the members of the Port William First Responders team have been honoured from their contribution to their community by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
At an awards ceremony in Glasgow’ City Chambers the volunteers of the service received ten year recognition pins to mark their tenth anniversary. Community First Responder (CFR) volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives.
Long time responder and team spokesman Murray Morland was keen to spread the word about the value of having potentially life saving defibrillators in every small community in the region.
Murray said: “There is a new initiative to get basic defibrillators into every community. The Ambulance Service would give training and grants are available to purchase defibrillators from the British Heart Foundation. The training is quite easy and it would be good to see defibrillators in public areas in all communities, such as village halls.
There are 17 members in the Port William team at the moment but we are desperately needing new members as more people available would ease the pressure on the present members a wee bit.
“Over the past ten years we have had 187 call outs in the Port William area as well as in Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn. We have had two call outs to Wigtown in that time as well.
“ I would also like to thanks the community of Port William for their support over the years. We recently held a very successful Christmas raffle and the hamper was supplied by Dunlop’s shop courtesy of their new supplier Spar.”