Lifesaving device to be placed in shop

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A lifesaving charity has welcomed the contribution of a Carnoustie supermarket in helping to provide a Public Access Defibrillator.

St John Angus and Dundee, which runs the Carnoustie First Responders scheme, has thanked the Barry Road Cooperative Store and their customers. It will have a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) fitted there.

The PAD is being provided as part of The Cooperative’s store policy.

They are located where they are easily noticed and accessed by members of the public.

The equipment has full instructions for the user and talks them through the process.

First thing that anyone should do when there is a collapse such as a cardiac arrest is to phone 999 and talk to the Ambulance Control.

Paramedics will attend and so will Carnoustie First Responders in appropriate instances. The caller will be able to personally uplift a defibrillator and start the resuscitation process as time is critical in such an incident.

Carnoustie First Responders are regularly tasked to attend critical incidents where members of the public have collapsed and promote the policy of extending the potential use of Defibrillators by identifying suitable locations for additional placements.

A spokesperson for St John Scotland said: “St John Angus & Dundee is active in promoting access to defibrillators that can be used by the public to resuscitate at an incident where someone is in cardiac arrest, and welcomed the contribution of the Barry Road Cooperative and their customers in Carnoustie from which a Public Access Defibrillator will become operational.

“St John Scotland in Angus & Dundee Area are grateful for the support of the public in this life saving initiative.”