Muirkirk Community Council(MCC) recently got the handover of a new defibrillator machine as part of a life-saving partnership initiative launched by East Ayrshire Council.

Council members met with their donor businesses as their defibrillator equipment was handed over.

CCG donated the equipment for Muirkirk Community Council.

Local members Councillors Linda Holland, Alyson Simmons and William Lennox were present as Chris Murray, CCG handed over the device to David McLatchie from the Community Council.

As part of this initiative, local community organisations are also being offered training and support in the safe usage of the defibrillator equipment and how to do CPR. Over 500 people have completed the training so far which is delivered by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Council’s Events and Resilience Officer.

Some of those involved include East Ayrshire Leisure Trust, Vibrant Communities, Spirit Apprentices, Freeflow Traffic Management and Mauchline Primary School.

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Councillor Neal Ingram, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Safety, Roads and Transportation and Community Cohesion said:

“This initiative is really gathering momentum and I’m extremely grateful to our contractors Unico, Life Environmental, Rhodar and CCG for their generous donations. These acts of kindness will genuinely help to save lives in our local communities and they showcase the real benefits of partnership working.

"These businesses are leading by example and they should be proud of the contributions they are making to our communities."