With Stonehaven about to have its third public-use defibrillator installed this Saturday at the harbour, community councillors, school pupils and your very own Mearns Leader reporter have been brushing up on their CPR and resuscitation skills.
Stonehaven Community Council have been leading an initiative giving community councillors and Mackie Academy 4th, 5th and 6th year pupils the opportunity to carry out a CPR and resuscitation course, as well as learning how to use the potentially life-saving defibrillators.
I attended the second of the courses, carried out by Scot Medical Ltd, last Friday at Mackie Academy, along with West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Stuart Donaldson.
One was already held in February, with another planned for May, and community council chairman Phil Mills-Bishop has said the courses will continue to run “for as long as there is a demand.” There are also plans to hold small demonstrations at the community council stall at Stonehaven’s Feein’ Market in June.
The course itself was comprehensive, informative and interesting, and I for one was amazed to see how simple the defibrillators are to use.
Mr Mills-Bishop adds: “Two years ago the community was gifted with four defibrillators. One is now at the Market Square, another at the David Street Co-op store and a third will be kept at the RNLI boatshed at the harbour from this Saturday.
“We are still looking for a suitable place to keep the fourth one so if anyone has any suggestions please let us know. These courses are important in helping people feel more confident to get involved and help someone who may be in trouble. It is particualrly empowering for the young people doing the course, so that they know that they can do something to help.”
Stuart Donaldson MP said: “The more access we have to defibrillators in public places the better. It’s also vitally important for as many people as possible to be trained in operating the machine. That’s why I was delighted to sign up for this course. It was very useful and I’m grateful to the community council for organising and Colin from Scot Medical Ltd for running the course.”