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Question reference: S5W-04015

  • Asked by: Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 25 October 2016
  • Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 4 November 2016


To ask the Scottish Government what the Scottish Ambulance Service’s position is on supporting the development of additional first response teams in communities.


The Scottish Ambulance Service, in partnership with communities across the country and the wider NHS, continuously reviews opportunities to develop new Community First Responder (CFR) schemes to help improve community resilience across Scotland.

The SAS Community Resilience Team are in the process of finalising the delivery of their CFR course, which takes a consistent approach in the training of CFRs across Scotland’s remote, rural, island and urban communities. There are now 134 CFR schemes across Scotland made up of around 1,500 volunteers.