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Scotland's leading First Aid charity
In a crisis it's vital that First Aid is delivered with confidence. We provide Scotland with the highest standards in First Aid skills, services, and volunteering opportunities. Together we save lives.
Our History
St Andrew's First Aid was founded in 1882, originally to teach First Aid, provide an ambulance service and teach home nursing and hygiene, and we are governed by a Royal Charter.  In our first year "173 cases of accident and sudden illness were removed from the streets of Glasgow and taken to hospital by litter."

Today we are still continuing to provide First Aid in Scotland.




Following a meeting held in December 1881, First Aid classes were organised, stretcher stations were set up in chemist shops in central Glasgow, and an ambulance was bought. A constitution of St. Andrew's Ambulance Association was adopted at a general meeting in June.


Dr. George Beatson's Ambulance Handbook was published by the Association. This book was the standard textbook in First Aid until 1932.


A Royal Charter of Incorporation was granted by HM Queen Victoria.


St Andrew's Ambulance Corps was formed.


An ambulance service was established throughout Scotland, with the help of ambulances handed over by the British Red Cross Society at the end of the 1914-18 war.


The Association opened its own Headquarters built in North Street, Glasgow.


HM King George V approved the institution of the voluntary Medical Service Medal.


Royal Patronage was granted to the Association


The National Health Service was formed and the Secretary of State for Scotland contracted St Andrew's Ambulance and the Red Cross Scottish Ambulance Service to provide the ambulance service in Scotland.


The first joint First Aid manual of St John's Ambulance Association, St Andrew's Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross was published.

A St. Andrew's Ambulance Cadet Corps was formed, catering for children aged between 10 and 16 years of age.                                                                                 


The British Red Cross society withdrew from the ambulance service, which became St Andrew's Scottish Ambulance service and with it the Association became the sole contractor for the provision  of the ambulance service in Scotland.


Due to the building of the M8 motorway through Glasgow, The Association's Headquarters were relocated in Milton Street. The building was officially opened on the 26th of June by our patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.


St. Andrew's Ambulance Association first aiders are faced with the horror of the Ibrox disaster, in which 66 people were killed. This is not the first major incident that our first aiders had attended at the stadium, with a similar incident ten years before and the death of a goalkeeper, John Thomson in the 1930's.


The National Health Service was re-organised and St Andrew's Scottish Ambulance Service was taken over by the Common Services Agency of the National Health Service.


75th Anniversary - The Corps adopted "For Humanity" as its motto.


100 years on and the Association celebrated with a service in Glasgow Cathedral attended by our Patron HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.


The Badgers were launched in Scotland, for 6 to 10 year olds.


The Association bought its first de-fibrillator and the first de-fib course for Corps members was run by the Scottish Ambulance Service in August of that year.


The Association was granted its Coat of Arms.


In 2004 the Corps celebrated its Centenary year, being established in 1904. Various civic receptions were given by the city Councils of Scotland, which were greatly appreciated by our Corps members and Staff. In this year the Cadet Section also celebrated their Golden Jubilee, being established back in 1954. Both sections had commemorative badges commissioned and have been worn throughout 2004.


We adopted a new logo /trademark


We are still continuing the voluntary work to care for the sick and injured, and teaching as many people as possible First Aid skills in Scotland.



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