A Dacia Duster has been loaned to help at major events across Scotland and assist St Andrew’s First Aid in improving children’s first aid knowledge.
The SUV is helping to save lives and deliver first aid assistance across Scotland, with one of the country’s longest established charities.
The four-wheel drive model will help the charity to continue providing First Aid cover at major events that have previously included T in the Park, The Pedal for Scotland Charity Bike Ride, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and most Scottish Premiership football matches. It has also been equipped with a defibrillator to help the charity’s volunteers respond quickly to cardiac arrest victims.
Andrew Heiron, Dacia UK brand manager, said: ‘St Andrew’s First Aid operates throughout Scotland and so has a fairly large patch to cover, sometimes involving challenging terrains.
According to St Andrew’s First Aid, the average wait time for an ambulance in Scotland is about eight minutes. The first three minutes following cardiac arrest are critical and for each minute that passes, the chances of survival reduce by a further ten per cent. That is why, through its network of volunteers, the charity is striking up partnerships with local communities and education authorities to spread the First Aid message, particularly to young people. Its ambition is that one day, every child leaving school will do so with at least a basic knowledge of emergency first aid.
Ray Diggins, head of marketing and fundraising at St Andrew’s First Aid, said as well as taking it to public events, the charity would be using the Dacia Duster to help deliver more first aid training across the country.
Diggins commented: ‘There are an estimated 12,000 preventable admissions to A&E departments in Scotland every year. The more trained volunteers we can get out there and the more people we can reach with our first aid message, the more we can address that and ensure that no-one suffers or dies because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.
‘We operate all over the country and occasionally across challenging terrains too, so the Duster is the perfect vehicle for us. Thanks go to Dacia UK for so generously supporting our charity in this way.’