Galloway Mountain Rescue Team recently took shared use of a heart start defibrillator, made possible by the Order of St John Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Branch.
St John Scotland donated the new defibrillator to the team which they are making readily available on a day-to-day basis at the Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart.
Ken Mackenzie, Depute Head Teacher at the Douglas Ewart High School and Depute Team Leader of the team said:
“It makes great sense having the defibrillator available at the school during the week especially since the Team Leader and I are both teachers. Whenever we are called out, and suspect the possibility of a casualty with heart problems, we can lift and run with the equipment on our way to the call.”
Kenny Paterson, chair of the Order of St John Scotland Dumfries and Galloway said:
“Immediate access to a defibrillator is essential when someone suffers a heart attack therefore when we offered to purchase this equipment for the team, everyone agreed it made logical sense to share access with the school. As the team Medical Officer rightly suggested, there is no point having it locked in the back of a garaged vehicle. We are
delighted to be providing further support of equipment to the team and that, in these special circumstances, the team are also helping the school.”
The handover, by Elizabeth Hamilton, took place at the team’s new base in Newton Stewart which was provided last year through strong support from St John Scotland, the council and the local community as well as the team members themselves.
For more information about the voluntary activities of Galloway MRT visit www.gallowaymrt.org.uk.