Lifesaving equipment stolen from Burntisland returned safe and well

Alex MacDonald of Burntisland First Aid Services Trust and Carol-Anne Crossan of the Co-op at the hand over of the defibrillator
Alex MacDonald of Burntisland First Aid Services Trust and Carol-Anne Crossan of the Co-op at the hand over of the defibrillator
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A lifesaving piece of equipment which was stolen from its pod outside the Co-op in Burntisland High Street last weekend has been returned safe and sound.

The heart defibrillator, which is used to administer an electric shock to the heart during or after a heart attack, was taken last Sunday but returned undamaged within 24 hours. The theft has been captured on CCTV and police are currently investigating it.

Money for the defibrillator was raised by the local community and it was installed in its High Street setting outside the supermarket by Burntisland First Aid Services Trust three months ago.

Following the theft a social media message was widely circulated and it is believed this may have helped in it being recovered.

Alex MacDonald, chairman of Burntisland First Aid Services Trust, which provides first aid cover at various entertainment and sporting events throughout Fife and further afield, said: “The machine itself is completely useless to anyone whose heart is beating. However, if it’s used quickly it can re-start a lifeless heart in an instant.

“In my view, the theft was monumentally stupid and that view is widely reflected in Burntisland.

“It comes at a time when we are preparing for our next evening course in first aid, which will start on Wednesday, September 30. Naturally, the course will include defibrillation so that anyone who needs to use the machine will have that little bit extra confidence.”

More information on the first aid course is available by visiting the website: www.bfast.org.uk