SAS recruitment success

Picture Toby Williams 07920841392.  The Scottish Ambulance Service at Peffermill Industrial Estate. Paramedic Ian Stark unloads an Ambulance with left Donald McPhail..
Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. The Scottish Ambulance Service at Peffermill Industrial Estate. Paramedic Ian Stark unloads an Ambulance with left Donald McPhail..

A community push has led the Scottish Ambulance Service to recruit 14 new staff for the Buchan area which was seriously understaffed last year.

Concerns had been raised by members of the public regarding the lack of first responders in the area.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said:“Our teams have worked hard to recruit 14 new staff since January, deployed in Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Banff and Ellon.

“A further 2 new members of staff will start their training in the coming months, bringing the area up to full establishment.”

The SAS have also received applications from volunteers to set up Community First Responder schemes in Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, had met with senior SAS officials following a number of concerns from his constituents.

Mr Stevenson said: “I was delighted to hear that their national recruitment drive has been very successful and that they are working hard to fill vacancies within the service in the North East.

“They are also providing a comprehensive training programme for those joining up.”

Eilidh Whiteford MP said: ““I am very pleased that substantive action is being taken to address the concerns of local communities in the North East, and to restore and improve on the levels of emergency cover across the area.

“We will continue this dialogue in the hope that our constituents know that they can rely on the responsiveness and function of their local ambulance service.”