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Pictured at the official installation of the new Public Access Defibrillator outside Carnoustie Library are from left - Bill Spence, chairman of the Angus & Dundee branch of St John Scotland; Councillor Brian Boyd; Lynn Lawrence, Michael Ogilvie and Sarah Knight from Carnoustie First Responders.

Pictured at the official installation of the new Public Access Defibrillator outside Carnoustie Library are from left - Bill Spence, chairman of the Angus & Dundee branch of St John Scotland; Councillor Brian Boyd; Lynn Lawrence, Michael Ogilvie and Sarah Knight from Carnoustie First Responders.

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Thanks to a lifesaving initiative in Carnoustie there is now public access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to an easy-to-use defibrillator.

Last Thursday afternoon the new Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was officially unveiled after being installed on the outside of Carnoustie Library.

The PAD crucible is linked to the library’s electrical system enabling the contents to be maintained at the right temperature and also for its use to be monitored.

Lynn Lawrence, coordinator for the Carnoustie branch of First Responders, said: “This one was donated by a trust fund through St John’s Angus & Dundee branch and it is the First Responders who maintain it.

This is the first unit that is 24/7, this is the big one. It was installed for us by Angus Council.

Bill Spence, chair of the Angus & Dundee branch of St John Scotland, said: “This is really good. The First Responders are the moving force in all of this. People have been getting to know about the First Responders as a result of them attending cardiac arrests and this is an adjunct to that. If people cannot get a First Responder they can come down to the library and get the defibrillator and take it back with them. The instructions will take them through the process. It’s another life-saving measure.”

Hopefully this will be the first of many, not just in Carnoustie but further afield. Bill explained: “We are looking at other locations in Angus. There is the possibility of obtaining some of the recently decommissioned telephone kiosks. They are open 24 hours and in good convenient locations.”