St John Scotland have teamed up with Fife-based BAE Systems to provide a life-saving defibrillator for Dalgety Bay.
The Public Access Defibrillator has been installed at Dalgety Bay Parish Church in the centre of the town, and was unveiled this week by Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman.
Speaking at the unveiling, the Provost said: “I am honoured to be supporting this initiative by St John Scotland and BAE Systems, which has the potential to save many lives. Having immediate access to lifesaving and easy to use equipment in public places such as Dalgety Bay Parish Church is a benefit to residents and visitors in the town.”
The device can be used if someone suffers a cardiac arrest, where the heart suddenly stops beating. It works by delivering an electric shock to the heart to kick start it back into normal rhythm. Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, at any age, and affects around 3,500 people in Scotland every year.
The church’s Minister, Rev. Christine Sime, welcomed the installation of the defibrillator, saying: “We were very pleased to have been approached and asked to accommodate the defibrillator, and happy that we have been able to work together with BAE Systems and all the agencies to bring it to this point. This is an important addition to the community; and having it accessible to all represents what we hope our church is – here for the benefit of and service to all.”
Jim Kinloch, Programmes Manager, BAE Systems, said: “This year we are celebrating 50 years at our site in Fife and we continue to believe in the importance of supporting our local community. Cardiac arrest can affect anyone and we are very pleased to know that thanks to the efforts of our employees, through various fundraisers, we are providing a potentially life-saving item.”
St John Scotland helped provide the defibrillator as part of our drive to increase access to the devices in communities across the country. The Dalgety Bay defibrillator comes after our Fife area recently helped install a device at Dunfermline’s Baldridgeburn Community Centre.
Lawson Rennie, Vice Chair of St John Scotland’s Fife area committee, said: “We are delighted that we’ve been able to help provide another defibrillator in Fife. Although we hope it will never need to be used, we’re pleased to see the defibrillator here for the benefit of everyone in Dalgety Bay, and to know that it could save someone’s life.”