A joint initiative with the British Heart Foundation, this was created to teach valuable lifesaving skills such as the recovery position, CPR and dealing with severe bleeding and choking. TSAR started these classes some 18 years ago and have supplemented them with our bespoke CPR & Defibrillator classes when installing defibrillators at businesses.
In 2013 TSAR extended our CPR programme to Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) with a mission to raise funds for and place public access defibrillators in every village and at key tourist sites in our area. This programme has received critical acclaim and we are proud to now have 111 PADS in place!
Integral to this, we also train the public and local businesses in their use – all voluntarily and free for everyone. To date, these defibrillators have been used on 11 occasions by members of the public, with SEVEN successful resuscitations! That’s SEVEN lives saved, when otherwise, these people would not have lived. This equates to a 63.64% resuscitation rate which equals major foreign cities placed on a pedestal as best practice. Yet we have uniquely achieved that in a rural, and remote area of Scotland.
In October 2015 we organised the first Scottish Community Resuscitation Conference at the School of Medicine, University of St Andrews – a not for profit event designed to promote community CPR training and the use of public access defibrillators. Supported by the Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Government, it was a huge success.
In April 2016 we launched our Defib Locator App which provides information on the location of public access defibs in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and surrounding communities. People can download the link to the app onto their phone FREE OF CHARGE. This potentially lifesaving app has been necessary as the Scottish Ambulance Service does not have a mapping system for defibs. In the week that it has been launched it was distributed by Scottish Government Resilience, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Scotland & UK, NHS Highland and other large organisations involved in tourism.
It can be downloaded at www.trossachsdefibrillator.co.uk
In June 2016, at the Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium, the charity was awarded Runner Up in the inaugural national Newton Award 2016 which celebrates commitment to tackling Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Scotland.
In 2016, our dedicated volunteer instructors trained 1,163 people in 55 classes including all 100 pupils from Drymen Primary School, 50 pupils from Fintry Primary School, 100 pupils from Kippen Primary School and 80 pupils from Aberfoyle Primary School. We trained 20 teachers at Balfron High School to deliver Heartstart training to pupils within the school and staff at both Park Mains High School, Erskine and St Mungo’s Academy in Glasgow.
Additionally, we assisted the Save A Life for Scotland campaign at 9 events training of 527 pupils and staff at the Community School of Auchterarder, 350 staff from NHS Scotland at their national conference at the SECC, over 1,000 people attending the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo and over 400 pupils at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff with partners from the Scottish Ambulance Service, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue and voluntary organisations. We have an ongoing programme of training staff at several local businesses, including hotels.
In 2016, our members dedicated over 7,000 hours to the delivery of our Community CPR, Public Access Defibrillator & First Responder programmes.
As of 6 November 2017 1,475 people have been trained this year and we still have lot's more classes planned for the remained or November and December!