Four community-minded Strath folk are combining their skills to ensure that Crieff is covered by potentially life-saving equipment.
Crieff Medical Centre senior practice nurse Katrina Cowie, air ambulance lead paramedic John Pritchard, First Response manager Alan Moffat and grant fundraising director Colin Crawford are looking to install nine Public Access Defibrillators (AED) throughout Crieff at the start of next year.
The idea originally came from Katrina who highlighted some near misses in the area where a defibrillator nearby would have been a big help.
She also felt there was not enough awareness of where existing devices are located or whether people have the confidence to use one.
John explained: “A quick response to cardiac arrest is critical to saving lives.
“Each year, UK ambulances respond to 60,000 cases of suspected cardiac arrest, and with Crieff’s population there are likely to be at least six such cases annually.