ORGANISERS of Girvan and South Carrick First Responders team are now looking for volunteers to get involved in the initiative.

They have been holding meetings in Colmonell and the other villages in a bid to recruit members onto the life-saving scheme.

First Responders act as a support mechanism to the Scottish Ambulance Service.

They will be trained to assist someone suffering cardiac arrest and other 999 calls but they will not be called out to car crashes.

Dawn Parker explained to the Girvan Town Team recently that the service will be designed to benefit the South Carrick ‘umbrella’ including Colmonell, Pinwherry, Barrhill, Ballantrae, Dailly and Girvan.

She said: “We will act as a support service and provide first aid.

“We are hoping to gain as many volunteers as possible and train them.”

Due to the rural nature of the area, the Health and Social Care Locality Planning Group are looking to develop the scheme which would serve as back up to the Scottish Ambulance Service by providing local emergency first aid.

It would be made up of local volunteers who would be trained in basic life support, early defibrillation and attend certain emergency 999 calls.

The level of commitment to get involved in and run a Community First Responder Scheme is high.

For more information, you can contact Dawn Parker at or you can contact Sharon Graham for a expression of interest form at Sharon.Graham@south-ayrshire.