Wildcat Cardiac Arrest Responders

We really appreciate you taking the time to consider volunteering for us. All of our volunteers lead busy lives and we cannot thank them enough for donating their time and essential skills to help us continue saving lives in their communities.

Wildcat is our biggest campaign drive yet. Focused specifically on cardiac arrest emergencies, our goal is to save 50 lives every year in Grampian. But to do this we need to recruit an entire network of cardiac responders to ensure we have the right coverage across our 50 key locations.

This is where you come in. Even if you have no medical qualifications you can join our team of volunteers. In fact, most of our responders have no medical background so you’d be in good company.

We have pre-empted some of the questions you may have about volunteering with us. The answers will hopefully allow you to make an initial informed decision about whether you’d like to investigate the role further. We hope that you do.


What is a Wildcat cardiac responder?

A Wildcat responder is tasked by the Scottish ambulance service to specifically respond to cardiac arrest emergencies within Grampian, providing early CPR and early access to a defibrillator.

Our responders are an extension of the Scottish Ambulance Service. When a 999 call is taken and a cardiac arrest is suspected, in addition to deploying an ambulance, they will also direct the nearest responder to the scene. Our responders are located via a Vehicle Locator system which also acts as a Sat Nav and provides direction to the site of emergency. Once there, they can begin lifesaving CPR and defibrillation until the paramedics arrive.


Why should I sign up?

We know that when it comes to cardiac arrest, every second counts. For every minute after a cardiac arrest, survival chances reduce by 10%. When ambulance response times are hampered due to location, resources or demand, these are life changing minutes. There were 446 cardiac arrests in Grampian last year and only 18 survived. We want to beat these statistics. That’s why we are recruiting rurally based volunteer responders, who can get to the emergency fast. You should sign up if you want to help save lives in your own community.


Where are the 50 locations?

50 towns and villages in Grampian have been identified as key areas. Our responders must live within one of these areas:

Aberchirder Cruden Bay Huntly Laurencekirk Portknockie
Aberlour Cullen Insch Lossiemouth Portlethen
Aboyne Dufftown Inverallochy / Combs Macduff Portsoy
Alford Dyce Inverbervie Mintlaw Rosehearty
Ballater Elgin Inverurie Mosstodlock Rothes
Banchory Ellon Johnshaven New Pitsligo Stonehaven
Banff Fochabers Keith Newmachar Tarland
Boddam Forres Kemnay Old Meldrum Torphins
Braemar Fraserburgh Kinloss Peterhead Turriff
Buckie Hopeman Kintore Pitmedden Westhill


What training will be given? 

All responders are given CPR and defibrillator training, equipping them with all the skills necessary to save lives. Our defibrillators are highly intuitive and literally talk users through their use.


What commitment do I need to give?

This is a volunteer role, so you can give as much or as little of your time as you want but we ask that you be available for dispatch on a regular basis whether that’s one morning a week or one week per month. By creating a network of responders in your area, the aim is to provide as much coverage as possible. Given that you will only be called out to suspected cardiac arrests, in some locations this will be very rarely.


Any restrictions?

To be a volunteer you must live in one of the 50 locations identified. In addition, you must be over 18, be able to drive, have access to a car and be physically fit.


How do I apply?

For further information or to apply please email admin@sandpiperwildcat.co.uk

Thanks again for taking the time to consider volunteering with us.