Blythswood Care (www.blythswood.org), is a charity that has been working in Eastern Europe for almost 20 years,. In May 2007 the team carried out an extremely successful mission to Bajina Basta delivering fully equipped fire engines and training. A return mission to Serbia was successfully completed in August 2008. In August 2009 they took four fire engines and two ambulances to Moldova and provided training to over 80 emergency service personnel.
As a result of the success of these trips Blythswood Care has received many requests for similar assistance in other parts of Moldova and Serbia
Gary Bennett, leading fire engineer with Braidwood Fire, is heavily involved with this worthy cause: "We can only meet these requests through your generous support of the team. Serbia and Moldova have a particular problem with Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) with no means to respond. Currently they have 1950's Russian vehicles with only hand tools for extrication. These results in roadside amputations which, as you can imagine in those conditions are only marginally better than leaving the person trapped! "
Blythswood Care aims to send fully kitted fire engines so that they can extricate casualties and dramatically improve their chances of survival. We will provide trauma equipment in order to assist the casualties during the initial stage of their care and provide full trauma training and RTC training utilising qualified instructors for both.
Gary continues: "I know that this current economic climate is difficult for us all. But, if you have time, please look at the Just Giving link below, and perhaps, even in the smallest way, be part of this very worthy initiative."