Council building services staff lead successful defibrillator campaign after loss of colleague

Credit: Fife Council

A defibrillator has been installed at Cupar Trading Estate, following a campaign by Fife Council building services staff following the tragic loss of a colleague.

The campaign was led by Garry Hegg and Roddy Sneddon. Gary said, “Following the loss of one of our teammates as a result of a heart attack, it was clear there wasn’t enough community defibrillators in the area. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to raise enough money to be able to install the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at the Trading Estate.”

Roddy added, “The new AED is a community access device registered with The CIRCUIT national defibrillator network. This means that if you call 999 to request help for a cardiac arrest you’ll be advised of its location and given the access code for the lock on the box. The beauty about this is that there’s no training necessary to be able to use it so all members of the community will be able to access it if required.”

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a small machine which shocks a patient’s heart into restarting.