Defibrillators for rural communities

Gordon Kelly of the Overton Garage and Stuart Duncan of Michaelmuir Garage with the new defibrillators
Gordon Kelly of the Overton Garage and Stuart Duncan of Michaelmuir Garage with the new defibrillators

Two new life-saving defibrillators have been installed in two rural villages.

Thanks to Ythan Community Council, the new defibrillators are now available to use in Ythanbank and Berefold.

Donations were given to the Community Council by Leonard and Hamish Garland from their wind turbine project.

The money given was enough to purchase two defibraillators and protective boxes which have now been installed too.

The first machine installed is located on the external wall of Michaelmuir Garage in Ythanbank.

The second defibrillator has been installed at Overton Garage and Car Sales where the equipment is similarly connected and highly visible.

Charles Coulson of Ythan Community Council said: “Our thanks go to Andy and Stuart Duncan for having this equipment linked in to their electrical system to maintain an even temperature in the harshest of conditions.

“This is vital for the longterm wellbeing of the equipment and accessories.”

“Again our grateful thanks to Gordon Kelly.

“The reason these locations were chosen is in each community, everyone knows where the garage is and thus the location is easy to find.

“High footfall also helps with reminding residents and visitors alike that this facility exists.

“We recently held a training evening for residents in Ythanbank facilitated with the help of Ellon First Responders and we were delighted to see a good turnout of potential life savers.

“We will do the same in Berefold to promote awareness of the installation.”