Council backs 'Registration to Resuscitation' Campaign
South Ayrshire Council is proud to support the Scottish Ambulance Service as they promote their Registration to Resuscitation campaign.
The campaign is appealing to communities, businesses and other organisations to register potentially life-saving publicly accessible defibrillators on the Scottish Ambulance Service website.
The Council has 17 defibrillators which are available at activity centres, golf courses and swimming pools across South Ayrshire.
Councillor Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council said: "Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of premature death but, with immediate treatment, many lives can be saved, so these defibrillators are vital.
"The registration of these potentially lifesaving pieces of equipment is crucial so the Ambulance Service know where to direct people in an emergency. Hopefully the times we have to use them are few and far between but I think the public will be reassured to know we have defibrillators in place and that staff have been trained on how to use them too."
Launching its Registration to Resuscitation campaign, the Service's national resilience manager, Murray McEwan, said, "We are grateful to have South Ayrshire Council behind our Registration to Resuscitation campaign.
"When someone experiences a cardiac arrest they are unconscious and not breathing, or not breathing normally, and their life is in immediate danger, which is why these defibrillators are so important.
"If we know where defibrillators are in every community, our call handlers may then be able to direct bystanders to a defibrillator in the event of somebody experiencing a cardiac arrest.
"This is a campaign which will help save more lives and everyone can really get behind it. We need the custodians who look after these defibrillators to register them on our website:
"We are also working with the manufacturers as well as our partners, community leaders and community first responder groups to register as many of these defibrillators as possible."
There is currently no legal obligation to register defibrillators, which is why the Scottish Ambulance Service is asking for voluntary registration in an effort to save lives.