Auchenblae now has a defibrillator available for public use in an emergency thanks to a donation from a local business.
The potentially life-saving equipment provides a shock to the heart in an emergency situation and comes with a simple set of instructions, so it can be administered by anyone.
It will be kept at Auchenblae Primary School, and was handed over last Friday (September 2) by Alastair Macphie chairman at Macphie of Glenbervie, who footed the bill.
Local parent and paramedic Mark Strickland said: “I had been trying to get a defibrillator for the village since before Christmas. I approached Macphie of Glenbervie to ask them to consider part-funding the cost, but they offered to pay for the whole thing.
“The school was the ideal place for it to be kept, as not only is it used throughout the day for the children, it is also used by the wider community for events on evenings and weekends. The school have been so supportive of the idea from the start.
“As a parent and a paramedic having a defibrillator in the school is vital for the community given that Auchenblae is so far from ambulance services in the local area.
“It is also a good way to educate the children and show them that they can help to save a life.”
Auchenblae headteacher John Forrester said: “‘We would like to thank Macphie for helping us buy a defibrillator with their generous donation. Having the device in school means children will have a better understanding of how they are used in an emergency and their importance in a rural community’
Mr Macphie said: “Macphie are delighted to be able to provide a defibrillator for Auchenblae School, and adds to the others that were provided in Johnshaven and Drumlithie. Owing to the distance from the nearest hospital, it’s absolutely vital that we have lifesaving equipment in our local communities”.
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