Emergency Services Hero of the Year Award

New to the Scottish First Aid Awards 2017, this category recognises an individual or team within Scotland’s emergency services that has saved a life with first aid or delivered an outstanding action in first aid either on or off duty.

Iain Leggett, Dumfries and Galloway

On a day when Annan had thousands of people lining the High Street because it was gala day, PC Leggett heard over his radio that a man was having a heart attack at the other end of the street and that the public access defibrillator had been called for.

On seeing his sergeant getting the AED out, he took the AED and sprinted the whole length of Annan High St, described by many onlookers as “like a whippet”.

Arriving at the scene he took over from the people doing CPR, used the AED (which he had never used before) and successfully revived the man whose heart had stopped.

Without the quick thinking and fast actions of PC Leggett, everyone in the town is convinced the man who had taken the heart attack would not be here today.

 

Cowcaddens Fire Station – White Watch, Glasgow

White Watch have embraced a new challenge to deliver CPR Input in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of the Scottish Government’s strategy to improve the survival rate for the people of Scotland who have an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).

White Watch have delivered the CPR Input to local youth groups, members of the public via an Evening Times campaign, local businesses such as John Lewis and Inksters solicitors, and are currently working with local schools delivering input to Primary 6 and 7 and Secondary schools within the Station area.

White Watch are building on this success and have an opportunity to work with Buchanan Galleries retailers to provide further CPR Input to their staff to provide immediate assistance to their colleagues and many shoppers should an incident occur within or around the shopping centre. CPR Input has also been arranged with Young Glasgow Talent to enhance the knowledge and skills of their young people to improve their lives and invest in their future.

As part of this campaign White Watch have had to learn new skills such as managing resources, time pressures and how to effectively communicate with all groups of the community to provide these events that are suitable to as many people as possible.

White Watch have arranged events during the day, in the evening and at weekends to allow all to attend, this has been in addition to their growing workload such as testing, inspections and home fire safety visits while maintaining the high standards required to respond to incidents and complete the daily training programme.