Emergency Medical Response

Almost 3,500 people in Scotland undergo attempted resuscitation each year after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, with only one in 20 who live to return home.

By undertaking a role in emergency medical response, firefighters can play a vital role in the Scottish Government’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy.

Since November 2015 the Service has been involved in trials whereby fire appliances respond to Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) incidents where our firefighters are closer than the nearest ambulance. There are currently 18 stations taking part.

The survival rate for people surviving cardiac arrest is being increased for those incidents attended by SFRS crews.

In the period 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016 our firefighters made 41 potential lifesaving interventions in OHCA call-outs with 15 positive outcomes – a 36 per cent success rate.