New life-saving equipment for Ellon

Ellon fire station watch manager Ron Beedie at the Buchan Hotel.
Ellon fire station watch manager Ron Beedie at the Buchan Hotel.

Firefighters in Ellon have been praised for funding a community defibrillator in the town.

The life-saving equipment has been bought with some of the proceeds from the annual fire station open day.

We really want to get people trained up on the use of it so that they are confident in using it

Ron Beedie Ellon Fire Station Watch Manager

And local publicans will be the first to undergo training in the new kit next week.

The defibrillator, which cost around £1400, will be installed in the Buchan Hotel by the start of next month and it will be easily accessible when needed in the town centre.

Hotel owner Ron Beedie, who is also Ellon fire station watch manager, told the Times: “We decided to purchase a defibrillator for the centre of the town and we really want to get people trained up on the use of it so that they are confident in using it.

“Local publicans will be the first to be trained. The idea is that if someone collapses then they can either send along to get the defibrillar or they can use it themselves, rather than relying on someone here to use it.

“We plan to have cards to put into the local shops letting people know that the Buchan Hotel is a defibrillator station.”

The training evening will be on Thursday, October 29, at the fire station from 6pm.

David Rout, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service local senior officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: “This is an excellent example of community resilience and we are supporting this by opening up the fire station in Ellon to members of the public to receive CPR training.

“The first training event will see all local publicans training together in CPR, a somewhat unique event.

“I would urge every resident in Ellon and surrounding area to sign up for this and help save a life in your local community.”

The move was also welcomed by Ellon and District Councillor Rob Merson, who has been calling for more public access life-saving equipment in local communities.

He said: “I have been delighted by the number of local organisations which have taken the initiative in the drive to provide more public access defibrillators.

“Scottish Fire and Rescue has taken a leading role in this, and it has come as no surprise that Ellon watch manager Ron Beedie has taken the initiative into his business life - and is also providing training for other local publicans.

“The point has been well made that fire extinguishers must be fitted in all public buildings by law – yet, thankfully, comparatively few people die in fires.

“Many times more people suffer heart-attacks, and it would be good to see a similar standard of provision of public access defibrillators in the community.”

It comes as the SFRS joins forces with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in order to help save lives across the country.

The fire service now stores cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training kits in all 356 of its stations so that members of the public will be able to teach themselves the potentially life-saving skill for someone in cardiac arrest.

The Call Push Rescue training kits were donated by BHF.