‘Ade­fib could have savedmy dad’slife’

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A coun­cil­lor who be­lieves her dad’s life could have been saved if he had ac­cess to a de­fib­ril­la­tor has launched a cam­paign to get the equip­ment placed in more lo­ca­tions across West Dun­bar­ton­shire.

And Cly­de­bank mem­ber Marie McNair has also ini­ti­ated a move to get the author­ity to pro­mote first aid train­ing in schools and across com­mu­nity groups and the public in the area.

Speak­ing at last week’s coun­cil meeting, the SNP mem­ber spoke about her per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion for pro­mot­ing the use of de­fib­ril­la­tors.

Coun­cil­lor McNair said: “My own dad died at the age of 52 and, if he had have ac­cess to one of these ma­chines, it might have been a more pos­i­tive out­come.

“I think it’s im­por­tant that we all take own­er­ship of this is­sue.”

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sion and unan­i­mous sup­port for the coun­cil iden­ti­fy­ing where all de­fib­ril­la­tors are lo­cated across the area and look­ing into other coun­cil-run public build­ings where the life­sav­ing equip­ment could be placed, West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Joyce White agreed a re­port will be pre­sented to a fu­ture meeting.

This will out­line how a public aware­ness cam­paign will be launched and where the equip­ment could be in­stalled, at a cost of £1000 for each unit.

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