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A new scheme which could help to save lives is about to be launched in Burntisland, Kinghorn and Aberdour -and everyone is invited.

The Community First Responder programme will be run by the Scottish Ambulance Service in co-operation with Burntisland First Aid Services Trust.

The project will see volunteers respond to an incident at the same time as an ambulance is despatched following a 999 call.

Incidents are likely to involve medical emergencies such as heart attacks or unconsciousness and volunteers will not knowingly be sent to an incident which may involve violence or is on licensed premises.

The scheme has worked well in other communities, but its success depends on having enough people with the right level of training.

People who are already qualified in first aid or are attending the current public course in Burntisland will be off to a flying start.

However, the Scottish Ambulance Service is also piloting a new course specifically for First Responder volunteers and requires no prior knowledge.

Volunteers must be 18 years old and mobile within Burntisland, Kinghorn and Aberdour.

They must also be fit, logical and calm under pressure. A launch event will be held at Burntisland fire station, Harbour Place on Thursday, October 24 at 7.30 p.m.