Dunnottar Castle staff get defibrillator training

castle staff
castle staff

A new potentially life-saving piece of kit has arrived at Dunnottar Castle, after staff applied to the British Heart Foundation for a defibrillator.

Staff applied to the BHF last year to be considered for funding support for a defibrillator and we were delighted to discover in June that their application had been successful.

In July they took receipt of a new Zoll AED Plus which is now in place within the castle.

Custodian Wendy Sylvester said: “We are extremely grateful to the Foundation who are currently the UK’s number one heart charity. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but they are leading the fight against it.

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Visitors to Dunnottar will be aware of the castle’s remote location, which could prove challenging for certain groups of people.

Wendy added: “The aim is that our defibrillator spends the whole of its life sitting in its protective casing gathering dust!”

Alan Duff, Stonehaven’s head paramedic, came on-site last week to give a free training session to senior members of staff – all of whom are holders of current First Aid Certificates.

Wendy added: “We are committed to putting the safety of our guests and staff at the forefront of all that we do.’’

at Dunnottar and the addition on our defibrillator will prove invaluable.”