Emergency defibrillator is handed over
South Ayrshire Council has just received a potentially lifesaving donation from property care company Richardson & Starling.
A Mediana HeartOn A15 defibrillator was donated by the company to the Council so it could help the public or staff in the event of an emergency.
The defibrillator which can be used to revive someone after a cardiac arrest will be kept at the housing office on Kyle Street, Ayr which is visited by the public on a regular basis.
This donation brings the number of defibrillators in Council premises to 58. Available at offices, activity centres, golf courses and swimming pools, the units are kept where there are high levels of contact with the public and also where regular physical activity takes place.
All the Council's defibrillator units are registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service so in an emergency, the operator can direct the caller to the nearest defibrillator site while the emergency services make their way to the scene.
Councillor Peter Henderson, Resources and Performance Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "I would like to thank Richardson & Starling for their kind donation. We hope we never have to use it, but it's reassuring to know it's there just in case.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death in this country but we are doing our bit in the Council to ensure defibrillators are more widely available across South Ayrshire."
Graham Bruce, Regional Director for Richardson and Starling said: "We have been working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council for a number of years delivering quality solutions to damp properties.
"Supplying this defibrillator to help the local community demonstrates our commitment to the people of South Ayrshire."
Publicly accessible defibrillators can be registered with the Scottish Ambulance Service at http://www.scottishambulance.com/YourCommunity/pad.aspx