Innerleithen to develop first responders
Graham Ford • Published 18 Oct 2012 09:30
INNERLEITHEN Community Council is looking to link up with the Innerleithen Community Trust to promote the development of First Responders in the town.
There are now a number of First Responders in the town following the completion of a two-day course in September. Now the two community organisations are hoping to raise £3000 to buy the essential equipment required to operate effectively.
Among the newly qualified First Responders is Innerleithen Community Councillor Jackie Couchman who said: "There are now six volunteers from Innerleithen and Walkerburn who have successfully completed the initial training, with a further two set to attend a November course.
"The next step is to raise funds for equipment to get the group up and running. Around £3000 would be needed.
"It is intended to hold an initial meeting soon to explore whether there is merit in working with Peebles to get the groups established and to hold joint, ongoing training sessions.
"The more people qualified to be First Responders, the more comprehensive the cover that would be available."
It is understood that collection tins will be distributed around the town while letters will be sent to various groups within the town looking for support.
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