EAST Renfrewshire’s MP Paul Masterton learnt how to be a lifesaver during a visit to Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders.

Mr Masterton, along with fellow MP Matt Hancock, were taught how to use a public access defibrillator and received training in how to perform CPR.

The first responders, who recently received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, will be sent out to local emergency calls, arriving before an ambulance to provide initial medical support. 

They have saved many local lives, with several of the 25 volunteers being inspired after having had a loved one benefit from their support.

The team have plans to increase the number of defibrillators in the area.

Mr Masterton said: “I always enjoy visiting the First Responder team, and it was great to showcase their amazing work. 

“Promoting the best of East Renfrewshire to the most senior individuals in the UK Government is an important part of my role as a local MP, and I know Matt was hugely impressed. I’d like to thank the First Responders for everything they do for the community, and all those who support them in their life-saving efforts.”

Mr Hancock added: “I was more than impressed with the work carried out by the First Responders in Neilston and Uplawmoor and beyond. 

“It was great to hear first hand the stories of the lives they have saved. 

“East Renfrewshire is clearly home to one of the leading First Responders outfits in the country. 

“Having been taught CPR and how to use the defibrillator, I am fully aware of how important every second that passes is. 

“Nobody should be afraid to use the equipment on offer in the community, but they should know how vital the job you may do will be in saving a life.”

Founder of the Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders commented: “It was a privilege to be able to host the Secretary of State, East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton and demonstrate the work we have been doing. The support we have received from the MSP, MPs and Councillors alike has been fantastic. The Secretary of State has said he was more than impressed by the voluntary work carried out by the group. Another milestone for the First Responders! I would also like to thank those members of the public who continue to support us throughout the year, who we couldn’t do our job without.”