TSART First Responder Units
Since 25 April 2009, Trossachs SAR Team has been a co-responder unit with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
First Responder Units receive training from the Scottish Ambulance Service that qualifies them to respond to a variety of life threatening condictions. On duty personnel are dispatched by the Ambulance Control Centres after an emergency ambulance has first been directed to attend.
The team's Mitsubishi L200 4x4 is equipped with an ambulance service transponders that depicts its position on the control room's screens, satellite phone, mobile phone, satelite navigation system, defibrillator, oxygen therapy unit and other first-aid equipment.
The team's Ford Focus estate is almost similarly equipped.
The photo shows Chris Louttit, Graham Gregory and Gayle Patrick at the start of their shift at Aberfoyle when the Scheme went live.
Since then our First Responders have covered from Strathblane to Callander and responded to a wide range of life threatening incidents.
We provide additional assistance to the Scottish Ambulance Service during periods of severe weather and have in previous winter taken on patient transport services across the whole central belt.
As well as having received training in the use of oxygen and defibrillators, our members have received additional training such as attending helicopter awareness sessions so they understand the additional resources available to them and a casualty.