Who are we?
Established under the Angus Council Establishment of Community Councils, Kirriemuir Community Council serves the residents of Kirriemuir. The Community Council meets on the last Wednesday of every month (apart from December) at 19:30 in the lounge of Fairlie House. All meetings are public meetings unless constitutionally identified as closed to press and public. We welcome residents joining us at the meetings, whether to ask support with an issue or to listen to the proceedings.
What are we raising fund for?
Our campaign aims to raise funds to help us place defibrillators in the community that will be available 24 hours a day. These units will be placed in repurposed phone boxes in Maryton, Northmuir and Southmuir.
- An AED is a device which automatically gives an electric shock to the heart through the chest wall
- This electric shock restarts the normal rhythm of the heart and is an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival
- The machine gives clear spoken instructions to the user
- The machine will not operate unless it detects that an electric shock is required
Why do we need AED's?
When someone has a cardiac arrest following a heart attack, their life can be saved if their heart is restarted quickly using an automated external defibrillator (AED). The time before using this equipment can be a matter of life and death, and in a rural community it is vitally important to have accessible equipment available for immediate use.
- Approximately 30,000 Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests occur every year in the UK
- In 2013, the Emergency Medical Services attempted to resuscitate approximately 28,000 people after they suffered an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest
- Of the 28,000 people that emergency services attempted to resuscitate, only 8.6% survived and were discharged from hospital
- When someone has a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 7-10%
- Currently, only 20% of cardiac arrest victims are in a ‘shockable’ rhythm when the EMS arrive; this figure can be increased if more cardiac arrest victims received immediate, effective CPR from bystanders
- If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within 3-5 minutes of cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from 6% to 74%