First Responders gift is lifesaver for LUCS

Linlithgow Canal Basin. Linlithgow First Responders are handing over two defibrillators to LUCS.
Linlithgow Canal Basin. Linlithgow First Responders are handing over two defibrillators to LUCS.

Linlithgow Community First Responders have presented two life-saving public access defibrillators to Linlithgow Union Canal Society.

The local group recently provided a ‘‘Hearstart’’ portable defibrillator to Linlithgow Rose Football Club, which regularly has attendances of several hundred fans.

As a way of thanking the First Responders group, the club started raising funds so further defibrillators could be placed at other locations in the area.

Over £1000 was raised and donated to the group, which, in turn, has now presented two of the life-saving machines to Linlithgow Union Canal Society.

The popular attraction received over 13,000 visitors last year. Duncan McIntyre, spokesman for the society, said: “We are extremely grateful for the donation.

“We have large numbers of visitors who use the canal network.

“Knowing we now have the ability to assist visitors with such a specialised piece of medical kit that can save lives in the event of an emergency gives us great piece of mind.”

The initiative is part of a British Heart Foundation programme to provide community public acess defibrillators in areas where large groups of people gather and where easy access to the devices can help save lives.

In 1990 Dr Richard Cummins from Seattle discovered if a series of events took place, in a set sequence, a patient suffering from a heart attack stood a much greater chance of survival.

These are now known as the ‘‘chain of survival’’ and ready access to defibrillators forms a vital link in that chain.