This week, a life-saving defibrillator was installed outside the 105th Regiment Royal Artillery Regimental Headquarters as part of the St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator Project.
The ‘St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator Project’, which has been backed by Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, has now placed over 130 life-saving defibrillators across Edinburgh and surrounding areas since its inception last year.
The latest defibrillator, which was funded by RBS, will be available 24/7 in the event of a cardiac arrest. Any member of the public can phone 999 and, after an ambulance has been dispatched, can be given the basic instructions required to access and use the defibrillator to save a life.
The aim of St John Scotland’s project is to place life saving devices at strategic sites - known as Hosts - across Edinburgh, taking into account the volume of people in the immediate vicinity. The project has seen St John Scotland’s Edinburgh committee team up with various businesses – or donors – around the city to place life-saving defibrillators in key locations – including Edinburgh’s tram network.
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Johnson, Commanding Officer of 105th Regiment Royal Artillery said: “We are really proud to be part of this project. The Army Reserve has Centres across Scotland and Reservists who work and live in our communities so we are in a really good position to train Reservists in CPR, cascade that training to members of the public, and host public access defibrillators.”
Angus Loudon, Executive Director of St John Scotland said: “St John Scotland is delighted that the Army Reserve is supporting our project to site public access defibrillators in the heart of our communities, while the invaluable assistance that 105th Regiment is giving to bystander CPR training will enable us and our other partners to have greater reach across the country, all with the aim of saving lives.”
More information about the St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator Project can be found here: http://stjohnandthecity.org.uk/