In partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service, Trossachs Search and Rescue Team has been a Co-Responder unit since April 2009. We attend emergency calls prior to the arrival of an emergency ambulance in order to provide lifesaving treatment, stabilise patients and promote recovery.
Our First Responder receive training from the Scottish Ambulance Service that qualifies them to respond to a variety of life threatening conditions and on duty personnel are dispatched by the Ambulance Control Centres after an emergency ambulance has first been directed to attend.
The team's vehicles are equipped with ambulance service transponders that depicts its position on the control room's screens, satellite phone, mobile phone, satelite navigation system, defibrillator, oxygen therapy unit and other emergency equipment.
Additionally, we provide practical 4x4 vehicle support in times of severe weather where conventional ambulances are unable to reach patients.
We also provide NHS Forth Valley with specialist 4x4 transport for medical teams in periods of severe weather such as snow and flooding, enabling them to attend priority and emergency incidents such as home births or specialised care of individuals with complex care issues.
21 of our 32 members provide this lifesaving service which has required them to undertake a course with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Additionally, most of those responders have taken the ambulance driving course to enable them to drive ambulance vehicles if the need arises at an emergency situation.
In 2016, these 25 members provided over 3,700 hrs of First Responder cover across the rural communities of West Stirlingshire. They were deployed on 48 occasions by the service.