Population growth in Perth is believed to have led to a spike in the number of people needing help from the city’s First Responders.
Last year, the Fair City medical team gave first aid to 62 people but, so far this year, they have helped 94.
Nick Procter, of Perth First Responders, said: “Most of the incidents we are called out to deal with are immediately life-threatening.
“They include people having difficulty breathing and folk who have suffered heart attacks.
“We get called out to deal with all sorts of medical conditions and offer assistance before handing over to ambulance personnel.
“With Perth expanding and more people coming to live there, that could be the reason for the increase in numbers we are dealing with.
“There is now expanded ambulance cover in the Perth area to cope with demand.”
Nick, whose wife Catherine is also a responder, added: “One of the new areas in Perth is Bertha Park and, to familiarise ourselves with the district, the First Responders have been round the streets there.
“It’s vital to have that knowledge in case we are called there.
“We’ve also trained Starbucks staff in medical procedures and are willing to train others.
“The folk we have on board are dedicated to the task and are fully trained to deal with emergencies. Getting to ill people quickly can be a lifesaver.”
First Responders are trained as a minimum in basic life support and in the use of a defibrillator for life-threatening emergencies.
A spokesman said: “We are a life-saving part of the Scottish Ambulance Service and provide support before the ambulance arrives.
“We all donate our time to provide help to those who need it most.
“We aren’t paid and do it for the good of our community.”
Anyone interested in joining should contact perthfirstresponders.co.uk.