Councillors hail installation of defibrillators in every Renfrewshire School Councillors hail installation of defibrillators in every Renfrewshire School
Johnstone South & Elderslie councillors Andy Steel and Jacqueline Cameron have welcomed Renfrewshire Council’s commitment to install defibrillators in every school across Renfrewshire. The... Councillors hail installation of defibrillators in every Renfrewshire School

Johnstone South & Elderslie councillors Andy Steel and Jacqueline Cameron have welcomed Renfrewshire Council’s commitment to install defibrillators in every school across
Renfrewshire.

The move, announced as part of the Renfrewshire Council SNP administrations 2019-2020 budget, will not only help save lives but by being part of everyday life from school age will reduce some of the worries people may have about using such equipment.

SNP Cllr Jacqueline Cameron, who’s ward covers Johnstone High School, said “The British Heart foundation point out that you don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator – anyone can use one. Yet three quarters of people in a recent survey said they wouldn’t be comfortable doing so. If this move can help change that feeling, as well as potentially being a life saver, it must be good news.”

Fellow SNP councillor, Andy Steel added: “There’s maybe still a touch of the TV medical drama about defibrillators for some people, and that is something which must be challenged.

“They are simple and straightforward to use and bringing them into the school environment means we will have entire generations comfortable around them and able to step in with confidence should the worst happen.”

You can find more information about how to use defibrillators, and some of the common myths about them, here: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators.