Lifesaving public heart-starting machines have arrived in Arbroath thanks to Arbroath Rotary Club.
The first of Arbroath’s Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) was delivered to Morrisons on Monday along with key training for their staff.
The project, an original idea of Arbroath Club member Gordon Law, was started in 2013 with the aim of installing up to six defibrillators in the centre of Arbroath.
The briefcase-sized box, fixed to the wall, contains the defibrillator and is there for anyone to use on someone in cardiac arrest. After an arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
Placing the devices across town on sites selected with the help of the Scottish Ambulance Service, reflects the current and anticipated footfall at them.
A Rotary Club spokesperson said: “It was felt appropriate to site the first unit at Morrisons to reflect the terrific support and response that Arbroath Rotary Club has received from them.”
Each defibrillator costs around £1, 500 and serve no other purpose, nor have any financial value, other than as an emergency life saving device and will not work if the patient does not require an electric shock to re-start their heart rhythm.
At the handover to Morrison Rotarian Michael Sowden said: “It has taken a long time to get to this point but we are happy to do something to help people and only hope that through the help of donations we can raise more money to be able to place more devices into the rural, outlying areas where a device could really save a life.”
Arbroath Rotary Club is in discussion with “Arbroath First Responders” to support this project and the Club has bought a training defibrillator for them to help develop their life saving skills.
The Club is still working towards its goal of providing six life saving machines and will gratefully accept donations towards this extremely worthwhile community project. The Club can be contacted via the Meadowbank Inn or through its website www.arbroath.rotary1010.org