Heart group could expand in Bo’ness

The Journal and Gazette 'Have A Heart' campaign ran in 2009
The Journal and Gazette 'Have A Heart' campaign ran in 2009

Bo’ness First Responders, the Scottish Ambulance Service’s community volunteer response service are looking to install a public access defibrillator within Bo’ness.

The idea behind the project, discussed at the recent meeting of the Bo’net Networking Group, is to fill the gaps in emergency coverage provided by the volunteers.

If fundraising is successful it means the general public could access a life-saving device outwith the time when a community first responder is on duty.

The Journal and Gazette’s “Have a Heart” campaign, which ran in 2009, raised £12,000 which was donated to Community First Responder teams, allowing new groups to be set up in both Bo’ness and Linlithgow, and to bolster an existing one already running in Queensferry.

A member of the Bo’ness group said: “We are currently fundraising towards the purchase of this new defibrillator and hope it won’t be too long before we have sufficient money available.

“This is the next step forward for the community First Responder team in Bo’ness.

“The defibs are so easy to use as they all have voice prompts as to whether a shock is required to restart a heart.

“Unfortunately, as volunteers we cannot provide a 24/7 service to the community as there are only seven of us, so this defib will help fill that void in the service.”