The £100,000 scheme will help to fund equipment that has up until now been almost entirely funded through community, charitable or business resources. It costs approximately £3,000 to purchase, fit and install one defibrillator.
In welcoming the scheme, South of Scotland MSP Aileen McLeod, who has previously supported the case in favour of public access defibrillators through her work in the Scottish Parliament said:
“We know that the quicker someone can receive CPR and defibrillation, quickly followed up by advanced life-support from an ambulance team, the greater the chances of survival from a cardiac arrest.
“By putting this life saving equipment in the hands of local communities, and giving them the appropriate training, we can help people on the ground administer life-saving care in the minutes before the ambulance service arrives.
“I’m delighted therefore that the Scottish Government is going to provide the funding for these defibrillators and by working with the Scottish Ambulance Service, I hope that people and communities across Dumfries & Galloway will reap the benefits.”
Notes to Editors:
Aileen McLeod’s speech on public-access defibrillators can be found here:
The Scottish Ambulance Service provides advice and guidance to any council, community, organisation or business interested in developing a publicly accessible defibrillator. This community resilience initiative is part of a wider emergency life support programme run by the Scottish Ambulance Service in conjunction with third sector and private partners, including British Heart Foundation Scotland.
This new fund complements the Emergency Life Support project funded by the Scottish Government to allow British Heart Foundation Scotland to bring 40 more schools into their Heartstart scheme, eventually training up to 8,000 school students in giving CPR – a vital link in the chain of survival while a defibrillator is activated.