Village gets to the heart of the matter

Members of Newtongrange Community Council with Brian Finlay of the Scottish Ambulance Service

Members of Newtongrange Community Council with Brian Finlay of the Scottish Ambulance Service

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A Newtongrange group is hoping to purchase two life-saving defibrillator machines for the village and raise awareness of existing ones.

Following a presentation by the Scottish Ambulance Service last week, Newtongrange Community Council is keen to double the amount of defibrillator machines in the village and promote the existing ones at Newtongrange Star and Newbattle Swimming Pool.

The group’s chairman Jason Ferry told the Advertiser: “Obviously we would like to increase the amount of defibrillators in the village because we have had fatalities here.

“So if we can get two more and get enough people aware of where they all are and how to use them then I think that is the way forward.

“We have spoken about sites like the Dean Tavern and the police station, accessible places with CCTV to avoid anyone damaging them.

“At our next meeting we will look at funding streams. If one life is saved then it’s a worthwhile investment.

“If there is money available then we can buy two defibrillators instead of the one we can afford with the funding we have at the moment, and double the amount we have in the village, then that’s something we really need to be focusing on working towards.”

Mr Ferry is keen to promote the existing two available defibrillators in the village.

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