A series of films aimed at preparing young people to deal with emergency situations was launched by the South Marr Community Safety Group (SMCSG) this week.
The ‘First on Scene’ DVDs and teaching resources will be supported by a new website, where they can be downloaded free of charge.
The four films each concentrate on a different theme - the first on how to deal with someone who may become unconscious or ill after drinking alcohol.
The others outline what to do if someone gets into difficulty in water, how to react as the first on scene at a road traffic collision, and how to deal with someone who becomes ill suddenly.
The resources are designed to be delivered to young people who are starting to go out and about with friends, unsupervised by an adult.
The community safety group’s work has been supported by Aberdeen College, the Red Cross, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Aberdeenshire Council and others.
The project was launched on Tuesday (May 15) at the Deeside Christian Fellowship Church at Burn o’ Bennie, Banchory, when the four films were shown.
During the event, the First on Scene teaching packages were demonstrated and there was be a chance for those invited to speak to those involved in the initiative.
Roddy Lees, a member of the South Marr Community Safety Group (SMCSG) and Watch Manager at Banchory Fire Station, has led on the First on Scene project and has worked closely with Aberdeen College and many others to produce the films and associated teaching packs.
Roddy said: “The First on Scene project has been a brilliant example of public sector agencies and individuals working together to produce these fantastic results.
“The project has already been commended for the knowledge that the students gain from it and for the teaching resource which will help those in the education field, along with parents and organised groups.
“The project will provide young people with life-saving skills which they will hopefully never have to use, to help them deal with emergency situations confidently and quickly.”
Paul Adderton, Multimedia Centre Manager at Aberdeen College, said: “We are pleased to be involved in the production of these films, as it helps students to further enhance the new-found skills and to enable them to experience – first hand – the filming of real life scenarios.”
Geoff Feeney, Chairman of the South Marr Community Safety Group, said: “This is an extremely worthwhile project which the Community Safety Group has been excited to be involved with.
“We feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we prepare young people as best we can to know what to do if someone needs help.”
The four DVDs and related teaching resources can also be accessed by contacting Roddy Lees at email@example.com