RNLI welcome heart start gear

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Another potential lifesaver has been brought to the town thanks to the Arbroath Rotary Club which commissioned the second Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at the RNLI shed.

The easy to use public equipment costs up to £1,500 but was supplied by the British Heart Foundation to the Rotary Club following a donation of £400.

“The area around the RNLI shed is one of the most frequently visited areas in the town and we are very grateful to local contractor, CONTACT Electrical Services Limited, who provided materials and who installed the unit at the Boathouse at no cost which we really appreciate,” Mike Sowden, Arbroath Rotary Club’s Community AED Project Manager explained. “Our club will also be working closely with Arbroath’s First Responder Team who will support the project and carry out locally based training in the future.”

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 a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent. The Rotary Club installed the first defibrillator at Morrisons on November 3.

“This is a major project that the town’s Rotary Club has developed which will provide AEDs across the town on a 24/7 basis,” Mr Sowden said. “AEDs have proved themselves to be effective life savers for individuals who unfortunately experience a heart arrhythmia. Our project is very community focussed and we are grateful to all organisations and individuals who have helped us get this major project off the ground, especially everyone who took part in our initial fund raiser; the charity concert in March, which was so ably managed by local artiste and restaurateur James Hutcheson.”