A THIRD-year medical student who volunteers at the Milngavie branch of St Andrew’s First Aid is looking to encourage more volunteers to get involved.
Neil Ramsay (20) is publicity officer for the group, which is one of the smallest in the Glasgow area.
They provide a vital first aid service to the local community, as well as at larger venues such as Partick Thistle games, T in the Park and events at Hampden with other groups from Glasgow.
The former Boclair Academy pupil, who is currently studying at Glasgow University, said: “I’ve been a volunteer since 2008 when I was 16 and really enjoy it. It is very good for building up confidence and giving you the skills to deal with tricky situations.”
He recalled one of these incidents when he was a first aider at The O2 Academy, adding: “A gentleman jumped onto the stage and hit his head off it.
“He was quite large so it was difficult to move him.”
But he said the training was second to none and equips volunteers to deal with most eventualities.
Neil, from Bearsden, said: “We train regularly up at Mugdock Park and to become a volunteer people obviously need to be trained in basic first aid, but we also train them in manual handling techniques and using a defibrillator.”
One place Neil says is quite rewarding to work at is T in the Park.
He said it can be “quite intense”, but great fun.
Neil, who is one of 15 volunteers in the local group, is also looking forward to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and said they will need volunteers for this.
He added: “We were also involved in the Olympics when the football was played at Hampden.”
Nearer to home the section also provides first aid at West of Scotland rugby games.
For more information on volunteering for St Andrew’s First Aid contact Neil on firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST AIDER . . . Neil Ramsay is hoping to get more people involved in the local branch of St Andrew’s First Aid. (Ref:m21615b) Picture: EMMA MITCHELL