Life-saving device placed outside community centre

News — By on October 9, 2017 10:06 am

A LIFE-SAVING defibrillator has been placed outside a community centre to give the public free, around-the-clock access to it.

Longniddry Community Council installed the equipment at the village community centre – making it the first one installed on a council building in East Lothian.

The public access defibrillator is easy to use and verbal instructions guide users. It is in a locked cabinet and the code to open the cabinet is obtained by dialling 999 or 112.

A spokesperson for the community council said: “The community are very keen to increase the awareness of  the defibrillator in the village and we have sponsored further training for volunteers in the community from key groups such as the local church, sports clubs and other voluntary groups.  The local cub pack has also recently been learning about CPR and the cubs were lucky enough to practice using a training defibrillator.”

Councillor Jim Goodfellow, East Lothian Council’s spokesperson for community wellbeing, welcomed the installation of the equipment in Longniddry.

He said: “East Lothian Council is always seeking ways of working in partnership with local community groups and this is a prime example of how that partnership working can provide a real benefit to our communities.

“In this case, we were delighted to support the installation of a life-saving defibrillator which will be available to the public 24 hours a day and staff in our library and community centre are in the process of receiving training on how to use it too. This is an invaluable resource for everyone in the community.”

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