With survival rates from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest dropping around 20% every minute, timing is key to saving a life, which is why ‘Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation’ (WAT IF?) is installing Community Access Defibrillators in their communities. WAT IF? has already installed Community Defibs at Cobbinshaw Fishing Club in West Lothian and at Tarbrax Village Hall in South Lanarkshire, and have agreements to install them at Woolfords Village Hall and Auchengray.

The defibrillator is housed in a vandal proof, heated stainless steel cabinet, guarded by a key pad. Upon receiving a call the ambulance service will direct the caller to the machine and will issue the access code. The defibrillator also has a voice over instruction mode to aid the user, as well as a video presentation to help those who are hard of hearing.
The project has been supported by the Community Heartbeat Trust and Martin Fagan, National Secretary from the CHT explains why these publicly accessible defibs are so important: “In rural communities, where emergency service response times can be longer, having publicly accessible defibs really are a life saving resource. They are safe to be used by all members of the public, and are designed only to work when needed and so can be used by anyone in an emergency.”
The Defib project has been funded through the Community Benefit agreement between WAT IF? and Muirhall Windfarm Extension, with Muirhall Energy pleased to support such a vital community resource.
Jason Morin of Muirhall Energy said: “It is extremely important for local people to have access to and be aware of this resource in addition to our local first responders, should an emergency situation occur.
If the defibrillators can help to save one life, then it will be money very well spent.”
Contact details:
Jemma Black, Development Officer
jemma@watif.scot or 07539 430 734


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