THE 1st Arbroath Guides and Rangers met on Thursday to learn some life saving skills as part of their Guide Promise to help the community.
The young people were given training in first aid so that they might be able to help in a situation that requires it.
Rangers Brooke Hood and Kally Smith were instrumental in organising the event that took place at the Arbroath Guide Hall in Ogilvy Place. They are currently working towards their Chief Guide Challenge and for Phase 3 of this award they are required to gain an insight into First Aid.
Twelve of the Guides and Rangers took part and were given demonstrations and training by James and Donna Williamson. They learned lifesaving skills in the following:
* Dealing with an unconscious casualty
* Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
* How to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
* How to treat a casualty that is choking
The Unit learned CPR in conjunction with St John Scotland and ‘Save A Life For Scotland’, a public-facing campaign behind Scotland's new strategy to improve survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The aim is to train a further 500,000 people in CPR and save an additional 1,000 lives over the next five years. St John Scotland is one of the partner organisations of ‘Save A Life For Scotland’ along with the Scottish Government, Scottish Ambulance Service, British Heart Foundation, Police Scotland and other organisations.
Whilst learning about AED’s they were told about the magnificent efforts of the Rotary Club of Arbroath in funding and installing Public Access Defibrillators in the following locations: Lifeboat Station, Police Station, Thornton’s Property in Kirk Square, Morrison’s and Tesco. The sixth is installed at Davidson’s Chemist in Friockheim.
James Williamson is the Coordinator of Arbroath First Responder Unit, a first aid trainer and a Member of St John Scotland.
1st Arbroath Guides and Rangers meet every Thursday evening from 19:30 until 21:00 at the Guide Hall, Ogilvy Place, Arbroath, DD11 4DF.