Left:James Williamson, Right: President George
Our speaker James Williamson is a 'First Responder' and also is the guardian of our defibrillators carrying out monthly checks with our project now being taken up in other parts of Angus.
James joined the Royal Navy at sixteen and now works in the oil industry based in Aberdeen covering a variety of roles including IT, Network Support, Electrical Installation. There are fourteen active Responders covering Angus and their role is to preserve life until the medical services arrive with over 100 callouts in 2017. Training includes first aid, resuscitation, defibrillators, oxygen therapy and scene management and they work with other services including Scottish Ambulance, Heartstart and St John Scotland.
First Responders are involved in the 'Save A Life For Scotland' a campaign to have 500,000 people trained in CPR skills by 2020 as early intervention can save lives. Every year over 3,500 people around Scotland are treated by the Ambulance Service after having a cardiac arrest, unfortunately only around 1 in 20 people will survive. Starting CPR saves lives, more details are available at: http://www.savealife.scot/.