The management committee of Buckhaven Community Education Centre has acquired a defibrillator, which can help provide vital treatment if anyone on the premises suffers a cardiac arrest.
A member suggested the Centre should have one, said community education (youth) worker Ian Cooper, so the committee bought a Philips Heartstart Defibrillator, knowing dentist surgeries already had them as a legal requirement.
“While there is no specific legal requirement for community centres to provide a defibrillator, there is an increasing likelihood that this may soon change,” said Ian.
The committee arranged a training session involving 18 representatives from the Centre’s user groups, volunteers, youth workers and staff. They were shown how the defibrillator works and how it talks them through what to do. They were also shown how to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR ), which may be needed to help revive a casualty.