Life-saving scheme piloted by north-east firefighters may go national

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A life-saving scheme piloted by north-east firefighters could be rolled out if details can be agreed, the health secretary has suggested.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin asked about a trial in Turriff and Maud in 2015 which saw fire officers giving people CPR or using defibrillators.

She said: “The firefighters who participated are very keen to use their skills. Can the Cabinet Secretary for Health (Jeane Freeman) advise Parliament if and when that approach will be rolled out?”

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Replying during a Scottish Parliament debate, Ms Freeman said firefighters from 18 stations made 83 potential life-saving interventions in the trial.

She added: “We can consider it to have been a success.

“I am keen to see that work being rolled out.

“However, that cannot happen until after negotiations about the remodelling of the firefighter role.”