At last week’s Brechin Rotary Club meeting Sir William Spence, or Bill as he is known as, was invited by member John Cavanagh to speak about First Responders.
Bill is a retired Police Chief Constable of Tayside and, since his retirement, he has become deeply involved in the work and training of First Responders locally.
He explained that this entirely voluntary group are trained to respond quickly in medical emergencies, especially in rural areas like Angus where an ambulance may just not be able to get to an incident in the target eight minutes.
Bill said that they are primarily for cardiac arrest incidents, filling a gap until the paramedics arrive. However, he emphasised that they can help in many situations where time is of the essence such as stroke, diabetic and asthmatic attacks.
It was apt that Brechin Rotary Club member and consultant cardiologist Dr Stanley Callaghan was chosen to give a vote of thanks to Bill for a most informative talk.