Go Forth BID Funds Public Access Defibrillators in Stirling

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Two new publicly accessible defibrillators have been funded and installed by Go Forth Stirling BID at city centre locations.

The devices, which aim to save lives by restarting the heart of a person suffering a cardiac arrest, are situated outside the William Hill premises in Cowane Street and Central Orthodontics in Dumbarton Road.

More city centre locations for further defibrillators are being sought and the devices will be managed by members of the charity Friends of Forth Valley First Responders.

The charity and Go Forth are also running training sessions for Stirling’s business community and others who want to learn more about using defibrillators and how to conduct CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Martin Stuart, Treasurer and a trustee for Friends of Forth Valley First Responders, has been collaborating with Go Forth Stirling BID (Business Improvement District) on the project.

He said: “We look after around 70 defibrillators across the Forth Valley area and are pleased to support the BID with this venture as placing defibrillators into the community is an important move. We’ve helped to identify suitable sites which need a power supply and plenty of room for the cabinet and we aim to find more premises to house further devices.

We are also running some familiarisation courses around CPR – which is critical when it comes to saving lives – and the use of defibrillators. We’re delighted the BID has funded the devices because the more there are publicly available the better. They are vital when it comes to helping people who are experiencing a cardiac event.

A defibrillator is a device which gives a high energy shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest and which can restart their heart while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.  According to the British Heart Foundation, there are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year and currently less than one in 10 people survive them.

They note that without immediate intervention with a defibrillator most cardiac arrests are fatal, while every minute without CPR and a defibrillator reduces survival chances by up to 10%.  Stirling’s defibrillators are housed in locked cabinets which can be accessed with a code retrieved by calling 999 in an emergency.

No training is needed to use a defibrillator which give the user clear step-by-step instructions once turned on. The device checks a person’s heart rhythm and will only advise giving them a shock when it is needed.

Jitka Fleglova, Community Engagement Manager at Go Forth Stirling, said: “We were keen to fund the installation and ongoing maintenance of thedefibrillators which will play an important part in ensuring a safer community and which are essential when it comes to saving the life of someone in cardiac arrest. 

We would like to thank William Hill and Central Orthodontics for allowing their premises to be used to accommodate a device and the Friends of Forth Valley First Responders for helping us get the programme up and running and providing ongoing support with the defibrillators going forward.

We’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner with a local charity on delivering this significant initiative and are now looking forward to the training sessions which we hope will be well attended.

She added: “We are currently looking for at least two more locations to position a defibrillator and if anyone has any suggestions or owns a premises where one could be placed, please let us know.”

The defibrillator training sessions take place on Thursday February 29 at 10am; Tuesday March 5 at 4.30pm; Thursday March 7 at 10am and Thursday March 14 at 4.30pm.

The sessions are free and can accommodate up to 10 people. They should be booked in advance via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/defibrillator-training-tickets-838987041827

Meanwhile, a map which shows the location of defibrillators across the UK can be found here – www.defibfinder.uk – and users can enter their postcode to find the one nearest to their location.

Go Forth Stirling BID represents more than 600 business owners with a key objective of increasing visitors to the city and devising initiatives to help make it a more welcoming environment for businesses and shoppers.

For more information, visit www.goforthstirling.co.uk

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