Date lodged: 3 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of ambulance provision in Kirkconnel.
Answered by: Shona Robison 6 March 2017
On receipt of the letter dated 10 January 2017 from Mr Mundell, officials approached the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) to ask for specific details about staffing and ambulance provision in Kirkconnel and the Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) region.
SAS confirmed that Kirkconnel Station has a full complement of staffing at present with 5 crew members. There are also 13 A&E Units deployed across D&G that will respond to call-outs in Kirkconnel when required.
In total there are 57.5 whole time equivalent (wte) Paramedics and 7.5 wte vacancies. To address these vacancies, SAS confirmed that 6 new trainee technicians will be appointed to the Dumfries & Galloway region. In addition, there are 5 Community First Responder Schemes in operation in the D&G region.